Board marks first anniversary of GP-led NHS commissioning body for Telford and Wrekin

The board of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meets in public next week, almost exactly 12 months after taking formal responsibility for commissioning many of the district’s crucial NHS services.

Dr Michael Innes, Chair of the CCG and a Stirchley GP, said: “Our first year of operation has been so busy that the time seems to have gone in a blink, not just because we have been operating in a new system, but also because we are living in more challenging times than the NHS has experienced in decades.

“However, without wanting to be complacent, I believe we have acquitted ourselves very well. We are performing as well as can be expected with the situation that we have inherited. Our official rating of “assured with support’ from NHS England is as good as any CCG could hope for in the current climate.”

Landmarks of the year include:

  • Extending the focus on patients and their involvement in the commissioning of services, including the permanent establishment of the Telford and Wrekin Patient Round Table
  • Extending choice for patients through the TRAQS service
  • Managing the “Call to Action” that included a major public event in November 2013, and a consultation that attracted well in excess of 2,500 responses from the public about the future of NHS services in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire
  • Starting the massively important FutureFit programme to establish the best possible hospital NHS services for decades to come

Dr Innes said: “We are an extremely strong and close knit team with a clear focus on improvement of quality and experience for the population we serve. As well as managing the day to day delivery of services, we are developing longer-term plans that will ensure that the health of our population continues to improve.”

Next week’s public board meeting takes place at the Telford Hotel and Golf Club, Great Hay Drive, Sutton Heights, Telford, TF7 4DT, beginning at 1.30pm. 

Public Board papers can be found at:

http://www.telfordccg.nhs.uk/board-papers-8-april-2014