Bolton CCG retains its ‘outstanding’ rating

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

This is the highest possible rating and is achieved by only a few CCGs.

All CCGs are assessed every year and their performance is ranked as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

NHS Bolton CCG – which commissions, or buys, health services for Bolton people – has a number of key areas of strength or good practice. Its performance in these areas is among the best in the country.

These include:

  • high quality hospital care
  • early diagnosis of cancer and the experience of cancer patients
  • referring patients from their GP to cancer treatment within 62 days
  • improving access to psychological therapies
  • annual health checks for people with a learning disability
  • physical health checks for people with a severe mental illness
  • dementia care
  • reducing mental health out of area placements
  • appropriate prescribing of broad spectrum antibiotics
  • staff satisfaction

Su Long, Chief Officer of Bolton CCG, said: “We are delighted that we have once again been rated as outstanding.

“While the assessment was carried out before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, it will provide a boost to all our CCG staff and our GP member practices who are now dealing with the challenges of Covid-19.

“Achieving an outstanding rating is only possible because of the hard work of our staff, member practices and partner organisations. I’d like to thank them for their commitment.”

Dr Wirin Bhatiani, Chairman of Bolton CCG, added: “This would be good news in a normal year but it is particularly welcome given the current challenges we are facing.

“It will stand us in good stead as we continue to deal with coronavirus while at the same time making sure that people can access the health and care services they require.

“We continuously strive to do what’s best for our local residents, providing them with access to the most appropriate and best quality health services, and we work closely with our partners to achieve this.”

As well as an overall rating of ‘outstanding’ Bolton CCG also received a Green Star rating for its Quality of Leadership – again the highest possible rating.

In addition, it received a Green rating for finance.

For more information about the ratings visit the NHS England Website.

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