Cancer survival rate is best in the region
Figures revealed at clinical group annual meeting
PEOPLE living in Chiltern have the best cancer survival rates in the Thames Valley, a health group has announced.
NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held its second public Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 9 as it reviewed the work of the last 12 months – and looked forward to the year ahead.
Members of the public heard about the work of the organisation and had the opportunity to quiz key members of the group in a Q&A session which closed the meeting.
A number of the CCG’s achievements and activities were then presented at the meeting, which also outlined the organisation’s ‘healthy financial position’.
Among the achievements and innovations of the CCG listed at the meeting were:
Having the best rates in England for improving access to psychological therapies, earning a commendation letter from Norman Lamb.
Having the best cancer survival rates in the Thames Valley.
The introduction of care plans for high risk patients.
Dementia diagnosis rates that have improved from 40 per cent to 52 per cent.
The CCG’s targets for the next year include improving diabetes control, cutting delays in the hospital discharge of medically fit patients, creating a new model of ‘out of hospital’ urgent care and making further improvements to diagnosis of dementia.
Chief clinical officer Annet Gamell said: “Events like this are important so we can hear the concerns of the public and address them directly.
“Over the next few years we’ll see changes to the way our health services operate, to make sure they support patients in the best and most caring way possible and meet the challenges of today. Communication with our service users is essential to help us achieve this.
“We need people to take responsibility for their
Want to get Bucks? For the latest news & sport go to own health and well-being so we can help them prevent conditions such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease from occurring in the first place.
“We’re determined to continue to strengthen our services over the year ahead and improve health outcomes, but we must all be aware of how, as individuals, our lifestyle choices can help us stay fit and healthy.
“As ever, we want to collaborate with our partners and service users to improve patient experience and ensure we’re commissioning high quality services that meet the needs of our communities.”
Chiltern CCG is responsible for buying health services for patients in the south of Bucks.