All clinical commissioning groups in England are subject to a comprehensive annual assessment framework which is led by NHS England. This examines 51 indicators across a series of policy areas covering performance, delivery, outcomes, finance and leadership.
The assessment considers the strengths, challenges and areas for improvement before applying a headline rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
The assessment highlighted the development of a learning disability commissioning hub, the joint cancer workplan and the re-procurement of new community services in Durham and Darlington.
We are delighted with the assessment, recognising the significant improvements and progress made over the last year and continued strong delivery throughout 2017/18, which has seen us maintain our rating from 2016/17 where we were also rated ‘good’.
Key Areas of Strength / Areas of Good Practice
- Personal health budgets
- AMR: Broad spectrum prescribing
- Quality of life of carers
- High quality care – acute
- High quality care – primary care
- High quality care – adult social care
- LD – annual health check
- Completeness of the GP learning disability register
- Neonatal mortality and stillbirths
- Experience of maternity services
- Choices in maternity services
- Dementia diagnosis rate
- Dementia post diagnostic support
- A&E admission, transfer, discharge within 4 hours
- Primary care access
- 18 week RTT
Areas of challenge
The assessment identified a number of areas that remain challenging. These related to one-year survival from all cancers, cancer patient experience and maternal smoking.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our member practices, providers, partners and the voluntary sector for their help in achieving this rating and driving improvements across health and social care and we look forward to working with you during 2018/19 to deliver better outcomes for patients in our local communities.