Somerset’s cancer services have been rated ‘outstanding’ after an assessment by NHS England.
Each year NHS England conducts a retrospective assessment of all England’s 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) against a number of performance standards. Last year this included clinical indicators for cancer and maternity services. These clinical assurance ratings contribute to a CCG’s overall assurance rating.
NHS England’s 2017/18 rating for Somerset’s cancer services were based on four key indicators; early diagnosis, 62 day waits for treatment after referral, one year survival and overall patient experience. Each of the four cancer indicators were given a score resulting in the highest rating of “outstanding”.
The county’s maternity services were also subject to a similar assessment process based on the following four key indicators; stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates; women’s experience of maternity services; choices in maternity services and the rate of maternal smoking at time of delivery.
NHS England’s assessment rating for maternity services as “requires improvement”.
Nick Robinson, Chief Officer with Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“These assurance ratings are only a snapshot of how the CCG’s performance on cancer and maternity services compares with other CCGs, but they are important and help us and the wider health system understand where we need to be setting our priorities.
“Our rating of ‘outstanding’ for cancer services is very gratifying. However, the praise must go to all the hard working NHS staff and clinicians who are diagnosing, treating and supporting patients with cancer every day.
“With regard to NHS England’s rating for local maternity services, I am reassured that since services were assessed we have taken steps to improve our performance in these key areas. We are also actively listening to the views and experiences of women and incorporating them into the future improvement of local maternity and midwifery services.”