Future is more assured for West Norfolk's health services

5th Jul 2018


The future is looking more assured for West Norfolk’s health economy as the organisation which buys local services is fighting to get back to the black.
West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group outlined its hopes to help improve the treatment for some of the area’s sickest patients along with its robust financial plans during its annual general meeting in King’s Lynn Town Hall on Wednesday, July 4.
The CCG has a £9 million deficit and placed itself in financial turnaround autumn last year. An achievable financial target and plan has been approved by NHS England.
Accountable Officer John Webster outlined some of the improvements put in place over the last year which includes a new executive team and strengthening the planning, commissioning and contract management teams.
He said: “Over recent months, we have seen a more stable financial position and we continue to see improvements in financial planning and control.
 “The future is looking more assured thanks to the CCG team and all they do for us.”
Mr Webster also spoke about a change in how the CCG will make its decisions for the area’s healthcare going forward by placing a greater emphasis on technology and data.
He said: “We are going to place a greater emphasis on our use of data and evidence as we drive the decisions we make as an organisation.
“Our aim is to focus on the high-risk patients to ensure they receive the right treatment and we can do that by using technology better. We know who those patients are but we have got to use the information more effectively.”
The CCG’s annual general meeting also provided an opportunity for partners such as Age UK, Norfolk Community Health and Care, the Alzheimer’s Society and West Norfolk Council to promote some of their services.
To help celebrate the NHS 70th anniversary, Norfolk Records Office brought along lecture notes from a student nurse and King’s Lynn Hospital Management Committee meeting in 1968 as well as  architectural plans. A film of the old King’s Lynn Hospital from the 1930s was also shown.


Pictured are: CCG Chair Dr Paul Williams and Accountable Officer John Webster