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Local clinical commissioning groups performing well

The three local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Bradford district and Craven have been rated as performing well by NHS England this week.

NHS Bradford City CCG and NHS Bradford Districts CCGs were both rated as outstanding, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG were rated as good.

This follows an assessment of the organisations’ leadership, financial position and performance against the NHS England Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) key indicators as well as improvements made across a number of clinical indicators.

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Dr James Thomas, clinical chair, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, rated as good, said: “Over the last year, we have been working even more closely in partnership with health and social care colleagues to further develop the quality of our services and make sure care is available in the right place at the right time. This good rating reflects the strength of these partnerships whilst acknowledging our challenging financial position. We are continuing to focus on the needs of our growing older population who live with increasingly complex needs and long term conditions.”

Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair, NHS Bradford City CCG, rated outstanding, said: “We are continuing to make progress in helping people across our city live a healthier, happier and longer life. I’m proud that we have been rated outstanding again. Over the coming year we are placing more effort on reducing health inequalities through community partnerships. These will help tackle the wider determinants of health and work directly in our local communities. Our successes are down to the hard work of our GPs, nurses and other staff as well as the work of our partners across health and care.”

Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair, NHS Bradford Districts CCG, rated outstanding, said: “I’m delighted with this rating. It demonstrates that we are making good progress in supporting our population to better manage their health needs. It also shows our commitment working with our partners to provide high quality, safe services for local people against a backdrop of rising demand and limited resources.”

Chief officer of the three NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs, Helen Hirst, said: “I am delighted that the work of all three CCGs has been recognised in these ratings. This is reflective of the hard work of staff, GP members, partners and local people in planning and delivering, high quality services that are fit for the future. We only expect these ratings to improve as we work hard over the next year to create one new CCG for our area. This will put us in a better financial position by saving approximately £1m which will be reinvested in patient care.” 

To find out more about the NHS England Improvement and Assessment Framework, visit the NHS England website

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