CCG rated ‘good’ after making significant improvements

Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been rated 'good' by NHS England, just 12 months after it was rated 'inadequate'.
                              
Every CCG in the country is assessed annually by NHS England as part of an ‘Improvement Assessment Framework (IAF)' and has been rated either Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. 

Last year, NHS England rated Brighton and Hove CCG as inadequate and then placed the organisation in 'legal directions' after it was deemed to be “failing to discharge its functions”. Legal directions means the CCG has less control over the decisions it makes to commission services for patients.

In October last year, Dr David Supple was elected as the new clinical chair and Adam Doyle was appointed as the new accountable officer and since then improvements have been made in a number of areas within the organisation. This has included undertaking a full governance review, restructuring the clinical leadership, improving engagement with member GPs and starting work to improve staff morale.

These changes have coincided with significant improvements to the CCG's performance against national standards. These have included reductions in waiting times for treatment and improved access to urgent care. The CCG has achieved these improvements whilst ending the last financial year with a balanced budget.

The improvements made has taken the CCG from being one of the poorest performing nationally to one of the most improved in the country in less than a year.

Accountable Officer Adam Doyle said: “This is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone working at the CCG and all our partners across the local health system and I would like to thank them all for their continued efforts. It is been no means easy and has not happened by accident - it has needed a huge collective team effort right across the board. 

"We know we still have work to do, however, to get to where we want to be and our focus now will be on building on the work we have done to continue our journey of improvement.  The next step is to work towards taking the organisation out of legal directions and, although this will take more hard work to achieve, I am confident we can keep progressing to make it happen.”

As part of the 'good' rating, NHS England highlighted the improvements made by the CCG in reducing patient waiting times for treatment and urgent care, whilst achieving financial stability. NHS England also praised the CCG for: improving working relationships with partners; more effective governance processes and practice; increased strength in depth within the Governing Body and executive team; and the work being carried out to improve staff morale.

Clinical Chair Dr David Supple said: "When you consider where the organisation was not so long ago, to be rated as good is a phenomenal achievement and would not have been possible without the clear direction, focus and leadership that Adam and his executive team have brought to the organisation. I would like to give particular thanks to them for their continued hard work and also show my appreciation for the contribution of everyone who has played their part.    

"Most importantly, this is not just about improvements we have made within the organisation. We are confident that the work that has been done will result in significant improvements to the care provided to patients and their experience of health and care across Brighton and Hove, which is extremely positive for everyone.”