Southwark CCG maintains overall 'good' rating in national assessment
On 21 July 2017, NHS England released their annual CCG ratings. As well as an overall rating for the CCG, the ratings include an assessment of the following areas of local care: mental health; dementia; learning disability; cancer; diabetes and maternity.
In addition to its 'good' overall rating, the CCG improved its rating for dementia from 'requires improvement' to 'outstanding'; and for mental health from 'greatest need for improvement' to a rating of 'good'.
Dr Jonty Heaversedge, GP and chair of Southwark CCG, said: "This is the second consecutive year we have achieved an overall 'good' rating – one of only two CCGs in south east London to have done so – and we would like to pay particular testament to our clinical leadership, staff and member practices for their roles in this success.
"Our significant improvement in the rating for dementia reflects the progress made by the CCG, member practices and GP federations to increase the identification of people with dementia and the proportion of these people who have a recently reviewed care plan.
"The improvement in mental health care reflects the progress we have made on the transformation of services for children and young people; crisis care; liaison mental health services; and for people placed out of area for acute mental health inpatient care. The CCG is also now above the national standard for patients waiting under two weeks for Early Intervention in Psychosis services; and we have worked with South London & Maudsley NHSFT to improve the recovery rates for patients accessing talking therapy services.
"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those working for the CCG and to our colleagues at partner organisations for their contribution and support as we continue to make progress against our ambition of improving health outcomes for the people of Southwark."
The CCG's rating for cancer services was confirmed as 'requires improvement'. The CCG has a clear action plan in place with its local NHS partners to improve cancer care, which is a priority as part of the south east London Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
The full ratings and how they compare year on year, are as follows:
|Mental health||GOOD||GREATEST NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT|
|Learning disability|| || |
|Cancer||REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT|| |
|Diabetes|| || |
|Maternity|| || |
You can read the report for Southwark CCG on the NHS England website, where you can also find out more about the ratings and how they are calculated.