Bolton CCG rated ‘Good’, with outstanding dementia care

Published on Friday 21 July 2017

NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been given a rating as ‘Good’ overall in NHS England’s annual assessment of clinical commissioning groups nationally.  The CCG is judged to have performed particularly well in a number of national priority areas, achieving ‘Outstanding’ for dementia care and ‘Good’ for cancer and mental health.

The CCG was also judged to be performing well in a number of other areas, including:

  • Use of high quality health and care providers
  • Offering regular health checks to people with learning disabilities
  • Financial management
  • High quality leadership

Dr Wirin Bhatiani, Chair of NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are very proud of this result.  It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of not only those at the CCG, but also our healthcare providers and local partners. 

“This rating is a reflection of the improvements we have made for local people over the past year.  The real reward here is the positive impact on patient care.”

“We have made a great deal of progress in recent years but there is of course still more to do.  We have ambitious plans to ensure that local services are fit for the future and continue to deliver high quality care.”

The CCG’s Outstanding rating for dementia care follows partnership work with GP practices, with the support of Bolton’s Memory Assessment Service (provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust) to enable more people with dementia to receive a formal diagnosis.  This allows them to access the care and support they need.

The CCG has prioritised making improvements to mental health services in the borough.  Year on year increases in funding have delivered better access to talking therapies (e.g. counselling sessions), improved services for children and young people, and enhanced care for those in crisis.

The CCG’s ‘Good’ rating for cancer care represents progress made on ensuring timely treatment and positive patient experience.  The CCG has also worked in partnership with Macmillan, Bolton Hospice, and Bolton PAC (a patient user group) to deliver a Macmillan cancer information and support service for the borough.

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