Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group has received a rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an annual assessment with NHS England. It was one of only 21 CCGs who received this rating, out of 209 CCGs nationally.

Under NHS England’s ‘Improvement and Assessment’ framework, all Clinical Commissioning Groups are assessed and given a rating according to whether they are a well led organisation, on their financial performance, performance and planning.

The assessment also covers CCG performance in six areas: cancer, dementia, diabetes, mental health, learning disabilities and maternity care.

In addition, this year, CCGs were also rated on information drawn from sources including local sustainability and transformation partnerships, new models of care, efficiency and conflicts of interest management.

Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for the 95,000 people registered at GP surgeries in Camberley, Bagshot, Frimley, Lightwater and Ash Vale, was rated as ‘outstanding’ overall by NHS England and recognised for its continued high standards and performance.

NHS England highlighted a number of key areas of strength/areas of good practice demonstrated by Surrey Heath CCG. These include:

  • The CCG has a strong leadership team which has had to cope with challenges during the course of the year but has still been able to retain a positive patient centred culture within the organisation;
  • The CCG has a highly effective clinical leadership, particularly in the role that the CCG continues to play in the development of the Frimley Sustainability and Transformation Partnership;
  • The CCG continues to make progress towards bringing Health and Adult Social Care systems together to provide patients and residents of Surrey Heath with the best possible care. A section 75 agreement, one of the UK’s first legal agreements to bring Health and Adult Social Care services together, has been signed by Surrey Heath CCG and Surrey County Council. Progress towards a full accountable care model is now being made at pace with support from the national new care models team (recognition of the vision and maturity within the system);
  • The CCG continues to enjoy positive relationships with its community and partners and works collaboratively to ensure patients and the wellbeing of the whole person are at the heart of decision making. Engagement with the CCG’s member practices remains strong and vibrant
  • Surrey Heath CCG has delivered the national Referral to Treatment (RTT) standard for the whole year, as well as delivery of the A&E and dementia diagnosis standard for most of the year;
  • Surrey Heath CCG has delivered financial control in a challenging environment.


Dr Andy Brooks, Chief Officer of NHS Surrey Heath CCG said:

“This is great recognition of our work to commission and transform health and social care services for the better in Surrey Heath. There is nothing more important to us than ensuring that the services in which our population place their trust and confidence are of the highest quality. I am really proud to be part of such a dedicated team of people, who demonstrate the leadership required to achieve this rating and more importantly to achieve the improvements to services which are so valued by the people of Surrey Heath.”