AN ORGANISATION set to take responsibility for health care for High Peak patients has been given a clean bill of health.
Derbyshire’s four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), who will take over from the county’s primary care trust in April, have all been awarded a 100 per cent assessment rating for their plans, progress and credentials by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB).
Dr Ben Milton, chair of the NHS North Derbyshire CCG, which will be responsible for High Peak patients, said: “This is a significant milestone in our journey to becoming a successful CCG which aims to make a significant difference to local people’s health in North Derbyshire.
“We know from many years of experience what local GPs and clinicians are capable of doing and locally our history is one of positive engagement and development. So, we are confident we can improve the quality of health services for our patients.”
In order to become established, each CCG is required to go through a rigorous and robust assessment carried out by the NHSCB which tests CCGs against a set of 119 criteria. Each CCG needs to complete an authorisation process to demonstrate that it is able to commission safely, responsibly manage its finances, improve quality, reduce inequality and deliver improved health outcomes within the available resources.
A panel of representatives from the NHSCB visited all four CCGs in Derbyshire and agreed that all the criteria had been met. All four CCGs are expected to be fully authorised by March.