The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Telford and Wrekin CCG was held on Tuesday 10 September 2019. The CCG outlined the achievements of the previous year and how it is working to meet the rising demands on health services over the coming 12 months.
Patients and the public were able to visit stalls set up by local health groups including Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin, Telford Patients First, The Maternity Voices Partnership, Salute, and Telford & Wrekin Council’s Healthy Lifestyles team. There was also the opportunity to get a free blood pressure check and receive general advice about heart health from the Telford Healthy Hearts team and the British Heart Foundation.
David Evans, the Accountable Officer for Telford and Wrekin CCG, provided an overview of the CCG’s achievements over the last 12 months and the challenges the CCG is expected to face this year (2019/2020), before expressing his gratitude to all staff, both clinical and non-clinical, for their hard work and dedication to patient wellbeing.
Jon Cooke, CCG Finance Director, presented an overview of the Annual Accounts. He confirmed that the CCG achieved all its financial duties in 2018/19, balancing a budget of £247 million serving a population of 186,000 patients.
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of the CCG, said: “I would like to offer my thanks to the CCG Board for all their hard work, and I look forward to working with them in the year ahead to continue to deliver health services for the people of Telford and Wrekin. I would also like to extend a special thanks to all of our hardworking and dedicated staff. I’m proud to chair a CCG so full of individuals devoted to the highest standards of health service.”
The AGM was followed by the CCG’s staff awards where “STAR” individuals, teams and partnerships were recognised for their contributions in helping the CCG deliver its objectives and vision for a healthier and happier population.
The winners were as follows:
Rising STAR - Craig Lovatt
Craig is a member of the Business Intelligence team. He is always friendly, supportive and ready to go the extra mile. Craig regularly visits practices and care homes to advise them on how best to record data and offer them support.
His approach to analysing and presenting complex data is invaluable in supporting executive decision making. Craig goes out of the way to provide information in a clear and concise way, and always takes the time to help those who are not familiar with interpreting data.
Craig also takes an active role in supporting the health and wellbeing of his colleagues by organising events such as yoga sessions and charity runs.
Other nominees: Jane Hughes, Louise MacLeod, Natalie Wrighton.
Shining STAR - Louise MacLeod
Louise is the Maternity Voices Development Co-ordinator. She has developed the Maternity Voices Partnership since it began, building a strong voice to help drive improvements in care and co-production at a time of high scrutiny.
She motivated her team to think of women and their families first and has done a tremendous job working to improve the lives of women and children across the region.
Other nominees: Bernadette Williams, Craig Lovatt, Frances Sutherland, Hitesh Patel, Linda Geddes, Tracey Jones, Wendy Wood.
STAR Team - Local Maternity System (LMS)
The Local Maternity System (LMS) was set up in response to NHS England’s ‘Better Births’ report which sets out a vision for safer, more personalised maternity care that reflects women’s choices and offers continuing joined-up care.
NHS organisations, Healthwatch and local councils are working together as a LMS to design and implement improvements in maternity and neonatal services.
The team, under the leadership of Fiona Ellis, has continued to manage a very challenging work programme which had faced significant scrutiny both locally and nationally, whilst maintaining a professional and determined demeanour throughout.
The Team has generated innovative transformational and innovative solutions to help improve maternity outcomes for women and their families. They are driving service improvement across the system and working well with all partners to achieve the outcomes needed.
Other nominees: Integrated Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Finance Team, Prescription Ordering Department (POD).
STAR Partnership - Ruth Float
Ruth is a Data Quality Specialist within the Primary Care team. She is reliable, constructive and diligent, and is a great asset to her team. Her knowledge of clinical systems and data quality is invaluable in supporting the delivery of a range of CCG programmes of work.
Ruth is proactive in her work to reduce the burden on other clinical staff, whilst managing the demands of the Medicines Management and Primary Care team.
Her contributions have been pivotal in a number of CCG programmes of work, including:
- Telford Healthy Hearts
- Searches and analysis of information for diabetes-related projects
- Analysis of safe prescribing in CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
- Implementation of clinical templates to support clinical pathways
- The design of searches that enable effective reporting of locally enhanced services.
Other nominees: Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin, Maternity Transformation Team.
Chair’s STAR Award Winner – Integrated Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Finance Team
Over the past few months, the integrated Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Finance Team have risen to the challenge and taken a proactive approach in supporting the coming together of both CCGs. In doing so, they’ve been able to provide a robust service to the wider teams during the transition period.
The team have received positive feedback on how they collectively supported budget holders so that everything was prepared for the beginning of the current financial year. Thanks to their hard work, commissioning managers across the organisation have had accurate and timely information to hand to support difficult financial decision-making.
Further to this, the Chief Financial Officers have utilised their protected learning time by capitalising on the High Performing Teams’ sessions. They have explored opportunities to streamline systems and processes across the teams in order to provide an efficient service to all.