NHS group is told it must improve

The East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group got a "requires improvement" rating.
The East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group got a "requires improvement" rating.

The NHS group responsible for commissioning health services across East Yorkshire has been told it “requires improvement” in a new report.

The year-end assessment by NHS England found that NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) needs to improve in three out of five areas.

The group was rated “good” in the areas of finance and being well-led, but was told it needs to improve in planning, performance and delegated functions.

Jane Hawkard, the clinical commissioning group’s chief officer, said: “The report shows where we still have work to do, in particular the need to meet national A&E four-hour wait and referral to treatment targets.

“These areas have affected the performance and planning indicators. We have been working closely with Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals to identify actions required to see the improvements we need.

“It is pleasing that we were commended for our efforts made to: progress the national dementia diagnosis target, East Riding CCG being the most consistent improver against this target in Yorkshire and Humber; improve significantly the national access to psychological (talking) therapy service target which the CCG is now meeting; introduce social prescribing within the Bridlington locality to improve health and wellbeing which is now being rolled out across the East Riding; implement changes to reduce prescribing costs and waste; commission new community-based services to support patients closer to home and assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service in initiating non-emergency transport solutions to support patients’ discharge from hospital and increase ambulance service capacity to meet 999 demand. This is testament to the sheer hard work of all our staff over the last 12 months.”