NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been recognised nationally as the best performing CCG in the country. The CCG scooped the Clinical Commissioning Award for 2018 at the Health Business Awards at a special ceremony in London at the Grange Hotel, London. The award was presented by comedian and former Doctor Adam Richard Kay.
The Health Business Awards is staged in order to recognise the many examples of innovation and excellence that happen every day. This year’s awards celebrated the 70thanniversary of the NHS.
NHS Wolverhampton CCG, responsible for spending almost £1 million a day on healthcare, was announced as the winner because “It is one of only three CCGs recognised by NHS England as outstanding for three years in a row, and its positive relationship with member practices is demonstrated by consistently improving survey results.”
The CCG’s achievements over the last 12 months include improvements to GP services with the development of new models of care and creating better access arrangements for patients, which includes seven day working and enabling patients to access care more rapidly at a time that is more convenient for them.
Mike Hastings, Director of Operations at NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said:
“Being chosen for this prestigious national honour highlights the outstanding and innovative work that is benefiting our patients in Wolverhampton. It is also a strong reflection of the dynamism and dedication of our staff and GP members who are committed to ensuring that healthcare in Wolverhampton is of the highest quality.
“Despite the increasingly difficult financial period that the NHS finds itself in, we have been able to maintain financial stability and continue to be ranked amongst the top 1% of CCG performers in the country and the very best in the West Midlands.
“Our aim is to be innovators in healthcare and we were the first CCG to implement free NHS patient Wi-Fi last year and also one of the first to implement GP Remote Consultation for GP Practice groups. We are currently working on exciting initiatives such as online consultations for patients that are unable to physically attend appointments."