NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted for the HSJ CCG of the Year award in recognition of its innovative and ground-breaking work.
The CCG was also shortlisted in the Acute Sector Innovation category, for its collaborative work with Barts Health NHS Trust to improve care for people with kidney disease.
Each year, the HSJ (Health Service Journal) recognises, celebrates and promotes the finest achievements in the NHS and showcases them to the service’s most influential leaders.
This year, the HSJ awards received 1,500 entries spanning 22 categories and Tower Hamlets CCG was one of the few to make the final shortlists.
In its awards entry, the CCG highlighted some of its achievements over the past year.
These resulted in the CCG being rated ‘outstanding’ by NHS England – the only CCG in London, and one of only 21 among the 211 nationwide, to achieve this.
The CCG’s other key achievements included:
- Leading the planning and launch of new community health services for Tower Hamlets using an innovative ‘alliance contract’ with local NHS trusts and GPs
- Pioneering primary care quality improvements with local GPs and practice staff
- Running an active community commissioning panel to ensure local people have a say in the development of NHS and social care services in Tower Hamlets
- Collaborating with GPs and hospital consultants to improve cancer care
- Working closely with partners in the NHS and social care to transform services – achieving the lowest bed occupancy for mental health patients in London.
The second shortlisting, in the Acute Sector Innovation category, reflects the work undertaken by Barts Health and Queen Mary University London, with support from the CCG and other partners, to improve care for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
By enabling hospital consultants to work more closely with GPs and developing new IT tools to aid the diagnosis and management of CKD within primary care, waiting times have been cut and patients have benefited through fewer hospital visits. This has also improved GPs’ knowledge of CKD and delivered major savings for the local NHS.
Commenting on the awards shortlistings, Simon Hall, Acting Chief Officer of Tower Hamlets CCG said:
“We’ve been working hard with our partners to develop and transform services with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of people in Tower Hamlets. We’re delighted to have been shortlisted and have our work recognised in this way – it’s a reflection not only of our own efforts, but those of our partners and stakeholders. At a challenging time, this collaborative approach is crucial as we continue our joint work to modernise services and meet the needs of our communities across east London.”