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CCG rated 'outstanding' in annual assessment

For the second year in a row, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been rated ‘outstanding’ by NHS England.

Every year, CCGs are assessed against a number of indicators, which places their performance in one of four categories: outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate.

NHS Southwark CCG – which plans, buys and monitors (commissions) most of the health services available for Southwark’s residents – is one of just three CCGs in London, and one of only 24 nationally, to achieve the highest performance rating.

Southwark has been commended in particular for the quality of CCG leadership and the management of its finances. 

The CCG also maintained its ‘outstanding’ performance for patient and public engagement, and received a rating of 92% for the effectiveness of its working relationship with local health and care partners.

CCG Managing Director, Ross Graves, said: “We are delighted and immensely proud to have been awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating for the second consecutive year.

“The annual assessment is a measure of how well CCGs and the wider health systems are performing, and to achieve the highest score is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in our team, as well as our partners with whom we work closely across the local area.”

Performance was also strong across the wider south east London area, with CCGs achieving some of the highest ratings in the capital.

Andrew Bland, Chief Officer and South East London ICS Lead, said: “This is a great achievement by all of the CCGs, their member practices and the staff working in them, in the face of significant performance and financial challenges across our system. 

“Since forming an alliance of CCGs over a year ago, we have been able to start to address some of these challenges collectively with the aim of spreading the excellent practice in some domains across the system.

“It is by working together that we have and will continue to improve our performance to the benefit of patients across the whole of south east London.”

The full scores and more information about the annual assessment is available on the NHS England website