North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been rated outstanding for the third year in a row by NHS England.
In NHS England’s annual assessment of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG received the top rating – one of only 24 CCGs out of 195 to do so.
The Clinical Commissioning Group works with GP practices, NHS, local authority, voluntary sector and patient and public partners to ensure the provision of high quality health and care services for the 228,000 people registered with North East Hampshire and Farnham’s 20 GP practices.
Dr Peter Bibawy, the CCG’s Clinical Chair, said: “To receive an outstanding rating once is extremely pleasing. To be rated outstanding three years in a row is truly remarkable and is a testament to the extraordinary efforts and dedication of CCG staff, all of our partners in GP practices, other provider organisations and the local Voluntary Sector, and of course local people, without whom none of this would be possible.
“We involve local people in much of our work because our experience shows that the more you do so, the better the results for both patients and the services.
“The challenges facing health and care services are becoming ever greater and we will continue to work with our many partners, adapting and innovating, to be able to deliver high quality services to local people into the future.”
In 2016/17 North East Hampshire and Farnham was one of 21 out of 209 clinical commissioning groups to receive an outstanding rating. The following year it was one of 20, out of 207 CCGs. (The total number of CCGs nationwide has reduced as a result of groups merging.)
Ruth Colburn Jackson, Managing Director of North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, said: “A third successive outstanding rating is a great achievement and I’m so pleased for all those whose hard work has contributed towards it.
“To continue to deliver such high standards and retain our focus as a CCG, at a time of considerable change, with a shift nationally towards integrated working as health and care systems, is particularly impressive.
“While we celebrate this recognition, we know that we can still improve in many areas and we are determined to do so for the benefit of local people.”