Year end assurance results – Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF)

Year end assurance results – Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF)

Every CCG in England is assessed by NHS England as part of the assurance process, Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF).  The results for 2016/17 are published today (Friday 21 July).

The ratings given by NHS England are described as: ‘outstanding’; ‘good’; ‘requires improvement’; and, ‘inadequate’. NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was assessed by independent clinical panels for each of the priority areas set out in The Next Steps on the Five Year Forward Views: cancer, mental health and dementia.  Our ratings for these areas are cancer; good, mental health; good and dementia; outstanding.

Using the same ratings, the assurance process also provides each CCG with a headline assessment against the indicators in the framework.  The final headline rating for NHS West Lancashire CCG for 2016/17 is requires improvement.  This stems from a rating for quality of leadership as green and a rating for finance as red. Many CCGs across the country and nearby received a similar rating of requires improvement, largely reflecting the financial circumstances of the organisations.

Claire Heneghan, chief nurse and board member of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“The Improvement Assurance Framework recognises our improvement and progress this year, especially against the three clinical priority areas, which is well deserved.  The requires improvement rating purely reflects our financial position and wider climate we find ourselves in. 

“Like many CCGs, we continue to face financial challenges but have a clear vision to work towards which reflects the needs of our local population. Much of our work tackling this is already well underway and we hope to develop further ways of working differently in the year ahead to help towards addressing these challenges and opportunities”.

The CCG has been highlighting its financial challenges in several ways, for example, through public events such as its Annual General Meeting and by publishing a public summary of its financial recovery plan.

On notifying the CCG of the results, NHS England congratulated the CCG on its progress, especially considering its border working across both Merseyside and Lancashire. The NHS body also recognises the difficult year it has been for every CCG.

Further information:

Further information is available on request by contacting the CCG via or 01695 588 000 quoting ‘IAF’.