Can­cer sur­vival rate is best in the re­gion

Fig­ures re­vealed at clin­i­cal group an­nual meet­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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