NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the first ‘outstanding’ CCG in Greater Manchester, NHS England announced today.

The CCG achieved the top rating in the CCG Assurance Framework for 2015/16. Combined with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s previous ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, it makes Salford one of only two places in the country with a CCG and acute provider trust to have the highest accolade.*

Every GP in Salford is a member of Salford CCG, which plans how to spend the NHS budget by commissioning (buying) the majority of health services for the people of Salford. This includes the care and treatment people receive in the community, mental health services, maternity services, and in hospital.

NHS England’s CCG Assurance Framework 2015/16 looked at five areas that define what makes a well-led, effective clinical commissioner. These are being well led; performance; financial management; planning; and delegated functions, i.e. taking responsibility for commissioning GP services previously held by NHS England.

Salford CCG was officially rated outstanding overall and commended in areas such as strong and robust leadership, involving and engaging patients and the public and getting best value for money.

Anthony Hassall, chief accountable officer for Salford CCG, said: “To be the only outstanding CCG in Greater Manchester is an enormous achievement and an accolade to be extremely proud of. It is a result of the commitment and hard work by our GPs and staff to improve the standards of care for the people of Salford and cements Salford’s reputation as being one of the leading healthcare economies in the UK.”

Salford Royal was given the gold standard for NHS care in March 2015 when it was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Sir David Dalton, chief executive for Salford Royal, said: “This announcement about Salford CCG is further assurance for the people of Salford that they live in a city with some of the highest standards of health and social care in the country. At Salford Royal we pride ourselves on providing first class care and treatment for our patients and service users and we are proud that, together with our colleagues at the CCG, we are leading the way in providing outstanding services for the people of Salford.”

Lord Peter Smith, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Board, added: “I would like to congratulate everyone working in Salford for attaining and maintaining such high standards across health and social care.”

The CCG was also commended for ‘leading’ the healthcare economy and developing good partnership working with partners across Salford and Greater Manchester, including commissioners and providers.

Chris Dabbs from local social enterprise Unlimited Potential, and member of Salford Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Salford CCG’s rating as outstanding reflects the high level of co-operation it has developed not only with other statutory agencies, but also with voluntary, community and business organisations within and beyond Salford. The CCG recognises the need to draw on all of the strengths and assets within Salford, within and beyond the public sector.”