NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the local NHS organisation responsible for planning, buying (commissioning) and monitoring the quality of local healthcare NHS services, has been crowned ‘CCG of the Year’ in the national Primary Care Awards 2015.
Dr Roger Gardiner, CCG Governing Body Member and local GP, Chief Nurse Tricia D’Orsi and Debbie Vick Head of Financial Management & Planning attended the complimentary awards ceremony that took place in London last night (8 October).
The award was presented by Julie Wood, Chief Executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners. Criteria for the award included, evidence of great leadership with both clinical and managerial leadership seen throughout the organisation and successfully navigating through performance, quality improvement and financial pressures.
The CCG was recognised for having a ‘golden thread’ through its strategic and operational plans to demonstrate how it is focusing on local patient and population needs and service transformation to improve local health outcomes.
The CCG was nominated for its pioneering ‘preventative’ ‘Care Co-ordination’ service that delivers care to the more vulnerable patients in Castle Point and Rochford who may be at risk of decline. The award celebrated CCGs who have gone the extra mile with respect to integrated working, moving away from the archaic model of working individually
Working in partnership with GP practices, the new service will identify those patients whose health they deem to be at-risk of decline, predominantly the frail elderly and those with long term conditions.
Ian Stidston, Accountable Officer for NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG said: “This is truly fantastic news. We have something special here, a great mix of clinical leaders and managers who are truly passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our local community. We are also lucky to have great relationships with all of our partners including those delivering local services, the voluntary sector and local authorities; we look forward to building on this with mutual aims to make things better for local residents.”