Bradford CCGs shortlisted for top award

The new NHS organisations responsible for buying and designing healthcare services for people in Bradford have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bradford Districts CCG have jointly won through to the finals of the Health Service Journal Awards for the Clinical Commissioning Group of the Year award.

They will have to wait until an awards ceremony on 19 November to find out if they have beaten five other CCGs shortlisted for the award.

The Bradford CCGs were chosen for their drive, innovation and commitment to work with patients, partners and the public to deliver excellent local healthcare for local communities.

Their work to create more joined-up health and social care services, known as integrated care, also caught the judges’ eye.

The CCGs are developing integrated care in partnership with other local NHS organisations, Bradford Council and voluntary and community services, to transform and integrate health and social care services so that patients get the right care at the right time, and in the right place.

Pilot integrated care projects running in the district have already shown a reduction in unplanned admissions to hospital and good results in preventing delayed discharges from hospital, especially for elderly people.

Other projects to tackle health inequalities and drive up the quality of healthcare services provided are also priorities which the CCGs are tackling head-on. And patients are being involved at every step of the way too, so the CCGs learn from their experiences to make changes that really matter to local people.

Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair of Bradford City CCG, said:
“I’m delighted that our work is starting to have a positive impact on local patients; we have some big challenges ahead of us but it’s really rewarding to be shortlisted for this award in our first year.”

“This is great news and a real accolade for the Bradford CCGs,” added Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair of Bradford Districts CCG. “We’ve got a real opportunity to drive change in the local NHS and are looking forward to taking local people with us as we improve services and help patients to live longer, healthier lives.”