Award-winning NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group is celebrating another double coup.
Our CCG, last year the first national winners of the NHS Alliance CCG of the Year award, has now also scooped two regional NHS leadership awards following a presentation evening in Berkshire.
We have won the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy regional awards for both NHS Community Leader of the Year and, jointly with West Hampshire CCG, NHS Board/Governing Body of the Year.
We now go forward to the national finals in February.
Chief Clinical Officer Dr Jim Hogan won the community leader. His nomination stated that he “truly believes in clinically-led commissioning and that it can make a positive difference to patients’ lives. He has stepped up to lead the CCG with a clear focus on being accountable to the local community. He has a clear vision and values, developed with community partners, consistently putting the patient at the centre.”
The nomination for the governing board said it has “been recognised as representing the crystallisation of what CCGs were set up to deliver, with strong clinical engagement and a culture based on listening to member practices, patients and stakeholders – underpinned by good organisational and governance arrangements with quality at its heart.”
Dr Hogan said: “I’m very proud to have won this award, but really this is recognition of the work done by the CCG as a whole. So much of what we have achieved in our first seven months have depended on the significant efforts of so many other people – not least our 25 member GP practices. I’m just delighted that the role of our whole governing body has been recognised too.”
The CCG is also in the running for further success in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Awards 2013.
It has been shortlisted by the HFMA in three other categories for:
* efficiency and innovation
* governance (in partnership with Portsmouth City Council)
* best new organisation with Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire CCGs – for their combined efforts in setting up The Compact, a joint working arrangement under which the three CCGs operate individually but have united key elements of their work to improve efficiency and services for patients.
A new website which will help people examine how their local social services department is performing went live this week.
Developed jointly by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and the Department of Health, the website allows users to see how local councils score against criteria set for social service delivery by the Department of Health in its Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.
The website should be of interest to users of adult social care services, carers, the general public, local Healthwatch and other groups representing users of social services, voluntary and community organisations and social care professionals.
It went live yesterday at http://ascof.hscic.gov.uk/
Nearly 30% of hospital admissions for heart failure are for diabetics
by Mark Wingham
Monday 25 November
More than a quarter of admissions to hospital with heart failure involve a patient with diabetes (28%, or 198,200 of 717,100 admissions during 2010-2012), national clinical audit shows.
The National Diabetes Audit published today recorded over two million patients with diabetes and shows people with diabetes have a 73% greater risk of being admitted to hospital for heart failure compared to the rest of the population.
Today’s clinical audit shows patients with diabetes who were admitted to hospital for heart failure had more than quadruple the odds of dying in the following year.
The audit examined health complications associated with the highest risks of death in patients with diabetes and measured death rates from all causes among people with diabetes, compared to the general population.
Across England and Wales patients with diabetes were 38% more likely to die prematurely; the audit estimates there were 24,900 more deaths in 2012 than expected.
The audit is the largest of its kind in the world and presents 2010-2012 findings on deaths, complications and hospital admissions among over two million people with diabetes in England and Wales. The audit is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) in partnership with Diabetes UK and is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).
Key findings from the National Diabetes Audit 2011-2012 show:
- Of the 198,100 people in the audit with type 1 diabetes in England and Wales in 2012, 3,300 died during the year, whereas 1,440 would have been expected among the same number of the general population, giving a 129% increased risk of death for people with this form of diabetes.
- Of the 1.9 million people in the audit with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales in 2012, 70,900 died during the year, whereas 52,800 would have been expected among the same number of the general population, giving a 34% increased risk of death for people with this form of diabetes.
- The risk of premature death for people with diabetes compared to their peers in the general population (relative risk) is greatest for women and younger people.
- The inflated death rate for people with diabetes in 2012 (38%) is lower than observed in 2011 (41%) however it is too soon to know whether this is a trend.
For more information visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/.