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Whitby CCG Has £5.6 Million Deficit

Whitby CCG Has £5.6 Million Deficit

Published by Jon Burke at 6:32am 21st May 2018.

Whitby's Clinical Commissioning Group has an overspend this year of £5.6 million.

Earlier this year, local health commissioners, NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) announced a predicted deficit (overspend) for the financial year ending 31 March 2018.

Since then, the CCG, along with others has been involved in discussions with NHS England who asked that a ‘capacity and capability review’ of the organisation was undertaken. The review was completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) over a six week period from 20 February 2018.

The final report has now been received which contains positive acknowledgments and suggestions, many of which have already been actioned and addressed as part of the CCG’s normal end of year process. A further action plan has been developed in response to the other recommendations and will be made publically available.

Janet Probert, Chief Officer of the CCG said:

“We’re sharing the report and our action plan publically because we want to be honest and open with our local population about our current position.

Having recently received the report, we’re pleased that it gave really positive acknowledgements including a complimentary review of our clinical and public engagement stating that our culture is “very focused on local engagement and the needs of the local population that it serves”.

They also said that this is evidenced in different approaches we have taken including having Health Engagement Network (HEN) Representatives on the Governing Body and several consultations and pathway changes. It also highlighted the informal but effective culture of our organisation.

Whilst the report recognises our challenging financial position, it noted the positive planning for this year demonstrating that we’re making every effort to spend our finite resources as efficiently as possible. It also acknowledges that there is still more work for us to do in order to achieve the financial savings plan and we are fully on board with this.

The report stated that there were examples where we’ve successfully collaborated across the system to deliver greater levels of integration and made suggestions for wider collaborative working with the other North Yorkshire CCGs and the wider Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

It also recognised that we are challenged with the complexity of our patient flows with around 80% of patients being treated by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which is within a different regional footprint to the rest of North Yorkshire. However, they were very impressed with our locality based models of care which they said was the “most advanced in the county”; this includes initiatives such as the step-up/step-down beds.

Clearly, the CCG is extremely disappointed that we have had to confirm an end of year deficit of £5.6m.

Over the last year, we’ve tried to identify areas of savings that would have the least impact on patient experience whilst pushing ahead with programmes of work key to achieving our vision of care at home or as close to home as possible for our local population. We’re still very much committed to that vision and projects such as the redevelopment of Whitby Hospital, the sustainability of the Friarage Hospital and moving forward with the vision for an Integrated Care Campus in Richmondshire remain a priority for the CCG. I am assured that the CCG has been working to maximum capacity to achieve the best possible outcome for local services.”

The CCG’s Governing Body will meet to formally discuss the report at a meeting on Thursday 24 May in Whitby.

There will be further discussions with partners and NHS England before any formal discussions or decisions are made. The full report along with an action plan will be available to view on the CCG’s website today (18 May 2018) www.hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk/governing-body-meetings

The CCG will formally confirm its end of year financial position upon publication of its Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28 June 2018 at the Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton from 3.30pm following a clinically-led workshop at 2.00pm.

The full annual report and summary will also be made available on the CCG’s website by 15 June 2018: www.hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk

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