Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group has been named CCG of the year at the Health Service Journal awards last night.
The awards, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, recognise “healthcare excellence and innovation” across the UK. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt addressed the audience, saying that the NHS is “the most patient-focused and patient-centred healthcare service in the world”.
Tower Hamlets beat more than 200 other CCGs across the country to receive the award. A judging panel made up of senior figures in the health service, including Jane Cummings, chief nurse of NHS England and Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, decided upon the recipient.
Tower Hamlets CCG was praised for displaying “strong leadership, especially around clinical leadership, whilst retaining patient focus”.
Dr Sam Everington, local GP and chair of NHS Tower Hamlets CCG said: “We are delighted to be recognised as the CCG of the year at the HSJ awards. We were only able to achieve this with the support of our community, the council and other health and social care partners we have worked hard with to make the new commissioning system work for Tower Hamlets. This prestigious award recognises the efforts of everyone working for and with the CCG.”
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Alistair McLellan, editor of the HSJ said that the awards “champion innovation and endeavour in over 150 NHS organisations”.
He added: “The 22 category winners were chosen by 84 judges working over a total of 500 hours. The HSJ Awards are a powerful reminder of why Britain’s health services are the envy of much of the world.”