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Dementia care rated as ‘Outstanding’ in Wirral

PRESS RELEASE


21st July 2017


Dementia care rated as ‘Outstanding’ in Wirral


The care of people with dementia in Wirral has been rated as ‘outstanding’.

Dementia services were one of three clinical priority areas looked at as part of the annual assessment of NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by NHS England.

The other clinical areas assessed were cancer care which was rated as ‘good’ and the care of people with mental health which was rated as ‘requires improvement’. The CCG has identified the areas where improvements to mental health care are required and has prioritised this as part of its operational plan.
The assessment of performance against the three priority areas has been published alongside the CCG’s Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) results. Wirral has been rated as requiring improvement against the IAF indicators of better health, better care, sustainability and being well led.

The rating reflects concern at the CCG’s financial deficit, for which financial recovery plans have been written and work continues to ensure the CCG commissions quality health services that are within its agreed budget.

Dr Sue Wells, CCG Clinical Chair and Wirral GP said: “I’m delighted that the care of people with dementia has been assessed as being outstanding, this reflects the partnership work undertaken across a number of organisations including the voluntary sector. This assessment highlights that we have further improvements to make and we are focussed on this task as we manage an increased demand for health services alongside a difficult financial position”