HEALTH services in Rotherham are in excellent hands after the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was rated as ‘outstanding’.
NHS Rotherham CCG, the clinically-led group responsible for making sure that the patients have the healthcare services they need at the right time, received the rating in the annual performance assessment published today (11th July).
Every CCG across the country has been rated using the ‘Ofsted’ style rating system, with CCG’s falling into one of four categories (inadequate, requires improvement, good, outstanding). The Improvement and Assessment Framework for Clinical Commissioning Groups includes ratings to show patients how their local health service is performing in number of important areas.
Significant progress has been recognised, with the assessment highlighting robust financial management and strong leadership as well as significant work undertaken to address Child Sexual Exploitation, which is now being used as an exemplar in other areas of the country.
The CCG has also been rated as ‘Green’ for the patient and community engagement indicator, which looks at how statutory responsibilities are met and how the effective patient and public participation helps the CCG to commission services that meet the needs of local communities and tackle health inequalities.
Chris Edwards, Chief Officer, NHS Rotherham CCG said: “We are delighted to be one of the top rated CCGs in the country who are ‘outstanding’. It is a truly excellent outcome, which reinforces the significant progress we have made as an organisation and wider health and social care community. This national endorsement demonstrates the confidence that people can have in local health services.
“The dedication that our staff and GP members demonstrate is our major strength and we continue to harness their talents to enable us to make the right health and care decisions for the people of Rotherham.”
Dr Richard Cullen, Local GP and Chair of NHS Rotherham CCG, commented: “We are a forward thinking organisation that has delivered on key health priorities throughout the year, however we recognise that there are areas where we can make further improvements. We will to continue our outstanding work with partners across the Rotherham Integrated Care Partnership to provide to high quality, seamless services for local people and work across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to make sure we get the best possible hospital services for patients that we all care so passionately about.”