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North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been rated ‘good’ by the NHS England annual assurance process, 12 months on from being hailed as ‘requiring improvement’.

The CCG assurance process is designed to provide confidence to stakeholders and the wider public that CCGs are operating effectively to commission safe, high quality and sustainable services within their resources.

The assessment is made throughout various meetings held throughout the year where NHS England meet with CCGs to review how well they have been delivering against their plans and to discuss progress. 

North East Essex CCG has been recognised for being well led, maintaining patient focus and good clinical engagement, and strengthening engagement with the hospital trust.  This compliments the strong engagement already in place with community providers and local authorities.

The CCG was also praised for ‘delivering excellent financial results within the year with a good understanding of financial risks and issues.’

However there were areas which needed further improvement.  These included the delivery of key constitutional standards (A&E, Cancer, Referral to Treatment and Mental Health) and to ensure they are consistent throughout the coming year. 

Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer at the CCG, said:  “While we are delighted to have been given this assurance, and consider it to be a significant improvement on our rating of last year, we aspire to be outstanding in all areas.  We are keen to build on the strong relationship we have with our NHS partners to address some key performance issues that impact of the care the our patients receive.”

Sam added: “I would like to thank our patients, communities, partners and our teams of hard working staff for their continued involvement and support.”

The full report is available to view here.