Published on: 12th July 2019

Salford Clinical Commissioning Group has once again been rated as one of the top CCGs in the country for the fourth consecutive year, following an annual assessment by NHS England.

Every GP in Salford is a member of Salford CCG. Along with other healthcare professionals, they have the responsibility of deciding how to spend the local NHS budget to run the majority of health services for the people of Salford.

Under NHS England’s annual ‘Improvement and Assessment’ (IAF) framework, all CCGs are assessed and given a rating according to their performance, including leadership and financial management. Salford CCG was rated ‘outstanding’, making it one of only three CCGs in the country to achieve the highest rating for four years running.

It is also only one of four CCGs nationally to not only be rated outstanding overall; but also to achieve ‘outstanding’ status for quality of leadership, and full marks (15/15) and a ‘green star’ for the way in which it involves the public in planning health services in 2018/19.

Anthony Hassall, chief accountable officer for Salford CCG, said: “I am beyond proud of our staff and GP practices who do so much work together – and in partnership with the likes of Salford City Council, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and third sector - towards providing the very best healthcare services.

“We know there is more work to do, there are big health inequalities within Salford and we will continue to address these challenges, but I am extremely proud to be a part of an organisation that works tirelessly to improve the health of the people of Salford.”

Increasingly, the CCG is also working in partnership with Salford City Council on social care and improving wellbeing.

Councillor Gina Reynolds, Salford City Council Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing, added: “To be rated outstanding for the fourth consecutive year is a fantastic achievement and something to be very proud of. This is a testament to Salford CCG’s strong leadership under Anthony Hassall, the Chief Accountable Officer, and Dr Tom Tasker, the Chair, together with the dedication of all the staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the CCG for their hard work, ensuring that the health and social care needs of the people of Salford are met and to congratulate them on this excellent rating.”

The IAF framework assesses CCGs against a number of standards, including diabetes, cancer, maternity care and quality of mental health services. Mental health services are a key priority in Salford and, in partnership with Salford City Council, the CCG invests around £50 million in mental health service provision in Salford every year. 

Neil Thwaite, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are so pleased for our colleagues in Salford – their support and commitment to mental health and substance misuse services has meant we have been able to provide life-changing care to people living in the city.  On behalf of our Trust, we offer our congratulations on this well-deserved accolade.”

With Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission in 2018, Salford is now one of only two localities in the country to have a CQC-rate outstanding acute trust and an outstanding CCG.

Dr Pete Turkington, Chief Officer and Medical Director at Salford Royal, said: “To achieve such a fantastic rating for the fourth consecutive year is a remarkable achievement. By working with our colleagues at the CCG and other partner organisations across the city, we are ensuring the people of Salford have access to some of the most outstanding health and social care services in the country.”

 Full details about the Improvement and Assessment Framework is available via the My NHS website.