People living on the Fylde Coast continue to have NHS services designed and paid for by organisations rated as ‘good’.
For the second year running, both NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were given the rating in their annual assessment by NHS England.
Both were rated ‘outstanding’ – the best possible rating – for the clinical priority area of diabetes, with Fylde and Wyre CCG receiving ‘outstanding’ for dementia. In addition, both CCGs were rated outstanding for community and patient engagement, an endorsement of the two CCGs’ commitment to involving local people in its decisions.
Clinical commissioning groups are the NHS organisations which plan and buy health services for their local populations. They receive a set amount of money from the Government each year to pay for services including hospitals and GP surgeries.
Both were praised in the assessment for the improving position in relation to urgent and emergency care, which was testament to the partnership work being undertaken across the Fylde Coast and beyond within both NHS, local authority and other organisations.
Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer at the two CCGs, said: “We are pleased to have maintained our overall rating and are now keen to work alongside our NHS partners across the Fylde Coast to improve performance in the priority areas highlighted by NHS England.
“I am delighted at receiving the best possible rating for community engagement. This is a real testament to our culture of involving the public throughout our decision-making and also an endorsement of the work of our local patient volunteers who work tirelessly to help us improve services across the Fylde Coast.
“While we have been rated ‘good’ overall, there is always room for improvement and NHS England has made a number of recommendations which we will take on board as we strive to work with our partners to provide the best services possible for the people of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.”