Barnsley CCG highlighted for focus on preventing stroke
28 January 2016
Barnsley CCG is highlighted in the latest national report by NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC)  'Delivering a healthier future: How CCGs are leading the way on prevention and early diagnosis'.
 
The report showcases a range of innovative case studies from across the country, which demonstrate the difference that clinically led commissioning is making, with the projects featured only made possible through the influence, expertise and local knowledge brought by frontline GPs and clinicians.
 
Dr Mehrban Ghani, local Barnsley GP and medical director at the CCG, talks about the investment and focus the CCG has taken on stroke prevention.
 
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, who provided the foreword for the report, said:“The case studies in this report show commissioners across the country are taking prevention and early diagnosis seriously. It’s heartening to see that CCGs are driving improvements in a wide range of areas including mental health care, early diagnosis of cancer and stroke prevention.”
 
Dr Amanda Doyle, NHSCC co-chair and Chief Clinical Officer of Blackpool CCG said: “There can be a real temptation in today’s stretched NHS to hunker down, to try to deal as best we can with what’s in front of us, and leave tomorrow to take care of itself. However, while we know that there are very real immediate pressures that need to be dealt with we also know we have to plan for the future.
 
“This report shows that CCGs are doing just that. They are taking a longer-term view and focusing on early diagnosis and prevention rising to the challenge of making longterm transformative changes to ensure a sustainable and effective NHS for patients and local populations.”
 
Delivering a healthier future shows how CCGs are:
  • proactively working with older people living with frailty to preventing A&E attendance and hospital admissions, in South Worcestershire
  • supporting people to prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes in Blackpool
  • using peer educators to improve cancer awareness throughout the borough in Camden
  • working with the voluntary sector to ensure that people who wouldn’t normally access health services are getting care such as flu vaccines in South Kent
  • using social prescribing to improve health and wellbeing in Gloucestershire
  • focusing on atrial fibrillation as part of comprehensive efforts to prevent stroke in Barnsley and West Hampshire
Dr Steve Kell, NHSCC co-chair said: “Delivering a healthier future highlights how CCGs across England are following the vision of the Five Year Forward View and putting prevention at the forefront of their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of their local populations. There are inspiring examples of real-life projects that are already having an impact and truly demonstrate the positive difference that local clinically led commissioning can have for patients and communities.
 
The full report Delivering a healthier future: How CCGs are leading the way on prevention and early diagnosis can be downloaded here.

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