Health chiefs in Fylde and Wyre are celebrating after the local clinical commissioning group – which plans and buys health services in the area – was named the second best in the UK.
NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was ‘highly commended’ by judges at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards, the premier awards celebrating national NHS care.
Following a rigorous judging process of more than 100 nominations from CCGs across the country, Fylde and Wyre made the final 12. And at a special awards night in London last night, the CCG was named runner-up behind Liverpool CCG.
The CCG’s clinical lead for innovation Dr Felicity Guest, who works as a GP in Thornton, was also named as a finalist in the Rising Star category.
Clinical chief officer Dr Tony Naughton said: “We are delighted to have been highly commended by the HSJ Awards judges and my congratulations go to the team at Liverpool who were named as worthy winners.
“It is a real endorsement of the hard work being done in Fylde and Wyre not just by the CCG, but by all our local doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff who have embraced what we are trying to do to improve care for local people.
“After we formed in 2013 we launched our 2030 Vision for Health and Care in Fylde and Wyre. This document has helped us to shape how we develop services that will help us to meet the challenges the NHS is facing today with people living longer and with more complex needs.
“I am proud that our work has been recognised in this way but also recognise that this would not have been possible had it not been for extensive engagement with partners in local authority and the charity sector, as well as our local communities.”
The CCG’s entry into the awards highlighted the importance of engagement and partnerships in driving the organisation’s plans forward.
Fylde and Wyre is the only CCG in the country that is part of three separate national pilots – the Fylde Coast Vanguard, which is accessing investment to build new models of care; the Lancashire Test Bed, which is trialling new technology to improve patient care; and the Healthy New Town at Whyndyke Garden Village which promotes healthy living.
These projects, of which the CCG is a key component, involve partnerships with a range of organisations encompassing all local authorities in Fylde and Wyre, partner NHS organisations, Lancaster University, technology firms such as Philips and many more.
The awards submission also highlighted some of the CCG’s most successful new services, such as extensive care, which has reduced hospital admissions among some of the most unwell patients in Fylde and Wyre; the care homes project in Wyre, which has further helped reduce hospital admissions among some of the most vulnerable patients in that area; and the emergency falls vehicle, which attends falls to get people back on their feet without the need for an ambulance.
For full details on the award, see here