North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus has received its World Class Commissioning (WCC) scores from the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority and it is excellent news.
All the scores have seen an improvement on last year. This means that out of possible scores of one to four across 11 competencies the CTP has achieved seven threes and four twos. The CTP was also assessed ‘green’ for finance, strategy and governance.
According to a leading health publication, The Health Service Journal, these scores rank the CTP as the fifth best performing Primary Care Trust in the country. HSJ collated the full results of the 144 PCTs that published their results by the end of July.
The report provided by the WCC assessment panel commented on the successes of the CTP: “This is a strong organisation, which has made significant strides over the past 18 months in turning its unique vision into a practical reality delivering benefits to its local community. There is a good alignment across the board, and with partners; and there is a healthy balance between shaping future strategy and delivering on the here and now. The CTP is aware of the challenges ahead, and is well positioned to be successful. The SHA should consider how it can share the learning more rapidly from this organisation and system.”
Jane Lewington, chief executive for the CTP, said: "This result is testament to the dedication and hard work of Care Trust Plus staff. The World Class Commissioning assessment was very rigorous, and we have been judged to have improved across all 11 competencies. Our scores are an incredible achievement, not least because the process was tightened and the bar raised for this year’s assessment. It's now essential that we use the lessons from WCC to support the transition towards the new GP commissioning arrangements for our area."
World class commissioning takes best practice from around the world to help PCTs match health and care services more closely to local needs. It helps PCTs work with local partners (such as local authorities, GPs and hospitals), as well as the public more widely, to understand these needs and to improve services for local people.
Andrew Milner, executive director for community services for North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "We have something very special in North East Lincolnshire with the Care Trust Plus and a good working relationship with the local authority. This provides us with a strong platform in responding to the new Government's agenda and in particular developing the best health and social care we can for the residents of North East Lincolnshire."
A copy of the full report can be downloaded at www.nelctp.nhs.uk/about/publications/