The NHS organisations responsible for commissioning health care services in east and west Suffolk have both been rated as ‘outstanding’ for their performance and patient care.
In the latest annual national assessments by NHS England for 2018/19, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups have been given this top rating – which places them as being among the very best in the country.
The CCGs’ integrated care system partner NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group also achieved the ‘outstanding’ rating.
One of the main purposes of these assessments is to inform patients and the public on the performance of the organisations responsible for commissioning most local health services, including A&E, community health care and mental health services. These results highlight the good work that is being done in Suffolk to ensure access to the very best health care services.
The in-depth assessment looks at 58 different aspects of each CCG’s work taking into account its performance, patient outcomes, financial management and leadership.
In Suffolk, the strong commitment to partnership working and the development of improved mental health services through #AVeryDifferentConversation was identified as an area of good practice, as was the strong leadership and the priority being given to engagement with patients and the public. The assessments for both CCGs highlighted excellent financial management and a prudent use of resources.
Dr Ed Garratt, the CCGs’ Chief Officer (pictured), said: “I am incredibly proud to lead a trio of CCGs which are all rated as being among the very best in the country. This undoubtedly gives local people absolute confidence that we are doing our very best to commission health services that meet local needs and support people to live long and happy lives.
“The assessments have rightly highlighted our commitment to alliance working, which means working more closely and better with our health and care partners across the patch. We are doing that and are already seeing positive results through better care for patients.
“Although there is always work to be done and improvements to be made, it is important that recognition is given to these ratings which show the outstanding work being done by commissioners.”