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Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group celebrates being rated ‘Good’ by NHS England in data published this week

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England (centre) and Dr Cathy Winfield, Chief Officer at Berkshire West CCG (right) with Berkshire West CCG staff celebrating NHS 70 at Westminster Abbey.

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group is delighted to have been given a rating of Good for 2017/18, in NHS England’s annual Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) ratings for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) published this week.

The CCG is proud to be awarded a Good rating which builds on strong performance in previous years but will continue to strive for further improvement in local services.

The national framework assesses CCGs’ progress towards delivering the NHS England’s Five Year Forward View - which sets out a clear direction for the NHS, showing what change is needed to improve health care in key areas such as mental health, cancer and GP services.

Dr Cathy Winfield, Chief Officer at Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said, “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved a Good rating in 2017/18. This is a true reflection of the dedication and hard work of all my colleagues and the clinical staff we work with. We have excellent partnership working between the CCG, Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and our partners in local government. This is key to helping us to deliver improved services for local people.

We are especially pleased to achieve this rating as the whole community joins us in celebrating 70 years of the NHS. Last week a number of staff from the CCG were invited by Chief Executive of NHS England, Newbury born, Simon Stevens at a service in Westminster Abbey to commemorate the ‘birth’ of the NHS.

In the coming year the CCG will be working with partners to ensure that more patients can receive care in community settings, rather than having to go to the out patients department, and improving the access to GP services. All partners will also be working together to strengthen our emergency care services and plan for increased demand in the winter."

Full CCG IAF data can be seen on the NHS England website here: www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/regulation/ccg-assess/iaf/

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