Greater Huddersfield CCG and North Kirklees CCG have been rated ‘Good’ by NHS England in their annual performance assessments. This positive rating very much reflects the hard work, effort and progress made over the course of this year by the two organisations.

Each year NHS England measures the performance of CCGs and grades them according to four ‘Ofsted-style’ headline categories: Outstanding; Good; Requires Improvement and Inadequate.

In reflecting on this achievement, NHS England particularly noted the substantial progress to build capacity and capability within the Kirklees CCGs and the good progress that has been made in terms of financial recovery and sustainability.

Highlights from the annual assessments include:
• the establishment of a single management team across the two CCGs, increased integrated governance arrangements, and the appointment of a turnaround director
• the progress being made in relation to integrated working across Kirklees, the two acute hospital systems, and the wider West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership
• effective leadership of the Transforming Care Partnership, reduction in learning disability inpatient beds, achievement of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) adult 12- week pathway, and the opening of Crisis Cafés
• the Quality for Health ‘kite mark’ scheme for the quality assurance of voluntary and community service organisation
• the support provided to our local primary care networks.

Key achievements for Greater Huddersfield CCG include an improved financial position and good performance against NHS Constitution standards. In addition, the CCG worked as part of the wider Calderdale and Huddersfield health system to secure £197 million of capital funding to support hospital reconfiguration.

Specific achievements for North Kirklees CCG include an improved financial position and the delivery of a planned deficit of £11m as well as good performance against constitutional standards for cancer and diagnostics services.

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer for both CCGs, said: “The achievement of these ratings is in no small part due to the hard work and determination of our staff, Governing Body and GP members. While our CCGs still face some challenges, we can be confident that we are delivering on a wide range of work and have a strong platform on which to build for the future”.

More details about our gradings can be found on the NHS England website: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/performance/search