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Clinical Commissioning Groups rated Outstanding

Two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the Bradford district and Craven have been rated as outstanding by NHS England, with the third retaining its “good” rating.

This follows an assessment of the organisations’ leadership, financial position and performance against the NHS England Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) key indicators as well as improvements made across a number of clinical indicators.

Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair of NHS Bradford Districts CCG, which retained its rating of good, said: “We are in a really strong financial position now and have the confidence and capability to achieve the best for the people we serve. Our successful Bradford’s Healthy Hearts programme is now being rolled out across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.  In addition, our local partnerships were praised in the recent Care Quality Commission system review and the work we are doing is ensuring our patients are not staying in hospital longer than they need to.”


Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair, NHS Bradford City CCG,  which was rated as outstanding, said: “Having led City CCG from the start, I am very proud of the progress we have made in areas such as maternity care and diabetes. NHS England has recognised our improved patient satisfaction with GP services and our ambition to improve cancer survival rates. We are not complacent and know we have to continue with this scale of improvement if we are to achieve our vision for reducing health inequalities.”

Dr James Thomas, clinical chair of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, also rated as outstanding, said: “We have made real progress over the last two years to strengthen our financial position. I am pleased our local health and care partnership – ourselves, councils, hospitals, mental health services, GPs and communities – are working together to transform how we deliver integrated services that reduce unplanned admissions to hospital and improve people’s experiences.”

Chief officer of the three CCGs, Helen Hirst, said: “These ratings are fantastic and recognise the hard work that staff, our GP members and our partners – including the people of Bradford district and Craven - are putting in to make sure health, care and support services are fit for the future.”

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