Annual assessment ratings are “well-deserved recognition” of CCGs’ hard work

NHS England’s CCG Annual Assessment Report for 2018/19 has been published today, showing that 64% of clinical commissioning groups in England are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. This proportion has increased from 58% in the previous year.

The number of CCGs in each of those categories has also increased, despite the total number of CCGs decreasing from 207 in 2017/18 to 195 in 2018/19 due to mergers.

Photo of Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical CommissionersResponding to the ratings, Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said:

“Today’s annual assessment results show that CCGs are working effectively. We are pleased to see an increase in the number of CCGs rated as either outstanding or good; well-deserved recognition of the hard work that CCGs across the country are doing to make a positive difference for the people they serve.

“The annual assessment is a useful marker for how well CCGs are performing and to hold them accountable. As the NHS changes, we will need to make sure that accountability and assessment measures also evolve to reflect the shared responsibility across systems and avoid duplication. On behalf of our members we will be working with NHS England to improve future assessment frameworks.”

11 July 2019