Harlow health organisation details first year

Health / Mon 23rd Jun 2014 at 02:05pm

WEST Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published its first Annual Report since taking over the planning and buying of local health and care services in April 2013.

The report highlights the CCG’s achievements for 2013-2014 and the services that are now being developed for the 300,000 people in and around Uttlesford, Harlow and Epping Forest.

It also shows that people in west Essex are already experiencing more integrated health, mental health and social care services which is made possible by close working between the CCG, healthcare providers and local authorities. These partnerships have allowed projects such as the ‘frailty’ programme to get underway with the aim of helping people, especially those who are old and frail, to continue to lead happy and independent lives in their own homes with the right support – reducing the likelihood of hospital or care home admissions.

The report also demonstrates how public opinion, gathered in the 2013 campaign My Health My Future My say, has shaped innovative and ambitious short, medium and long term plans for how best to deliver the most effective health and social care for people in west Essex.

During the past 12 months, the CCG has been strengthening the way the health and care providers that it commissions local services from, report incidents to ensure they are more robust and has worked in partnership with them to improve infection control in places of care.

The CCG has performed strongly against NHS Constitution obligations for treatment and diagnostic times and demonstrated sound financial control in a challenging environment. – managing a budget of £328 million and achieving a surplus of £0.516 million claims the CCG.

Dr Rob Gerlis, chair of West Essex CCG said: “Publishing our first Annual Report is a significant milestone. It provides the public, NHS England and ourselves with an overview of how far the CCG has come over the last year and captures the year’s accomplishments nicely.”

Clare Morris, chief officer of West Essex CCG added: “This document is an opportunity for local people to see in detail, the achievements we have made in year one. We are a transparent organisation that has spent much of our first year seeking ways of collaborating with local people and involving them in our decision making.”

Local people can find out more and speak directly to a wide range of CCG staff at the West Essex CCG Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25 September 2014.

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