NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has once again been rated as one of the top CCGs in the country for the third consecutive year, following an annual assessment by NHS England.
The CCG is made up of GPs and other healthcare professionals who decide how to spend the local NHS budget to run the majority of health services for the people of Salford. Increasingly, the CCG is also working in partnership with Salford City Council on social care and improving wellbeing.
Under NHS England’s ‘Improvement and Assessment’ framework, all CCGs are assessed and given a rating according to their performance, including leadership and financial management. Salford CCG was rated ‘outstanding’, making it one of only three CCGs in the country to achieve the highest rating for three years running. It is also the only ‘outstanding’ CCG in the North West.
Anthony Hassall, chief accountable officer for Salford CCG, said: “The pride that people have for the NHS has never been more evident as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. And there is nothing more important than ensuring that the services in which the public place their trust and confidence are of the highest quality.
“We have a dedicated team of people, many of whom are Salfordians born and bred, who are committed to making sure residents across the city have access to the best health services. We know there is more work to do, there are big health inequalities within the city and we will continue to address these challenges, but I am extremely proud to be a part of an organisation that works tirelessly to improve the health of the people of Salford.”
The CCG invests significantly in Salford’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector through The Third Sector Fund, which is delivered by Salford Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) with the support of Salford City Council. The fund has awarded grants to more than 174 voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and schools for projects encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles and improve access to services. Last year it was announced the CCG would be investing a further £3 million into the Third Sector Fund over the next three years.
Alison Page, chief executive for Salford CVS, said: “This recognition is very well deserved. Salford CCG is an outstanding partner to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Salford, recognising the role our sector plays in supporting the wellbeing and health of local people. Their continued investment in the Third Sector Fund is testament to this and I look forward to a continued productive relationship in the years to come.”
Mental health services are also a key priority in Salford. An additional £1 million each year for the next three years will help to continue to meet national access and quality targets, but also to invest in areas such as children and young people’s mental health and services focused on building resilience along with early intervention and prevention.
Bernadette Conlon, chief executive for START, a mental health charity in Salford, said: “I believe Salford CCG is a forward-thinking CCG that is happy to work with all partners and see the major role that the voluntary sector plays in the health and wellbeing of our local communities. They have been instrumental in successfully linking voluntary sector organisations with public sector services and actively encourage a collaborative approach to service delivery in the city to ensure specialisms and skills are shared.
Councillor Gina Reynolds, Salford City Council Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing, added: “I would like to congratulate the hard working staff and GPs in Salford for maintaining such high standards across health and social care. We’re really fortunate in Salford to work in a collaborative environment across different organisations, forging partnerships to improve services”.