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CCG is 365!

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is celebrating its first birthday today and reflecting on its successes in the past year.

Launched in April 2013, the CCG paved the way for local GPs to deliver improved, joined-up systems that support safe and responsive high quality services and provide local people with the opportunity to manage their own health.

Since its inception, the CCG has based its key priorities upon the health needs of local people. The discussions it has with patients and the public along with the feedback from GPs, other clinicians and partners helps the CCG to make positive steps towards improving the health of the local community by rebalancing the local health economy, education and prevention through effective commissioning.

Dr Mark Hayes, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Vale of York CCG said: “Our vision for the future to achieve the best in health and wellbeing for everyone in the Vale of York by commissioning an integrated system of professional health, advice, diagnosis and care that focuses on delivering clinical outcomes and reducing health inequalities.

“The CCG is led by local GPs who see patients every day and this allows us to better understand the needs of the community and match the best healthcare services to these.”

Involving patients and the public in making decisions about healthcare features strongly in the CCG’s planning and commissioning of local services and a range of public involvement events have paved the way for open and honest discussions in the last year.

Rachel Potts, the CCG’s Chief Operating Officer said: “In our first year we have created many local conversations that have helped to build extremely valuable relationships with patients, the public and partners.

“As part of our on-going commitment to design services around the needs of patients, the CCG will continue to invite the local community to share their views and experiences of healthcare services.”

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