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The NHS Bromley CCG Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19 is now available

Date: 19 June 2019

The NHS Bromley CCG Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19 is now available.   The report will be formally presented at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 4 July 2019.  

Dr Andrew Parson, Chair of the CCG said, “This year’s report provides an account of our work over the last year, the way we run the CCG, our performance against national targets and how we have managed our finances.    We have done extremely well to meet all our financial targets and statutory obligations this year, which is a good achievement when set against the continued challenges and increased pressure on health services.   Our ‘good’ rating by our regulators together with our ‘outstanding’ rating for public and patient participation illustrates the impact of us working collaboratively together with partners and the public to improve care for Bromley residents.   There are areas that need to be improved and we will continue to focus on ensuring that Bromley residents get the best possible care that is available.

“Over the last year we have worked hard with our partners as part of our One Bromley integrated care system to deliver joined up care across a range of services.  Patients are benefiting from this approach – for example over 3,000 patients have been referred onto our proactive care pathway which provides an assessment and a personalised package of care to keep them well and out of hospital.  Other new schemes to help keep people well at home have been put in place and are having an impact. 

Although we have a significantly older population in Bromley than many of our neighbouring boroughs, we also have increasing numbers of new births and young people.   We know that the numbers of young people who are struggling with their mental health across the country is unprecedented.  In the autumn, we were delighted to receive £2.4 million additional funding and chosen as a NHS mental health trailblazer site.  This will enable us to establish new Mental Health Support Teams to develop models of early intervention to manage mild to moderate mental health issues in school and college settings.  This new provision will be integrated into a new children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health system which is being co-designed and co-produced with young people. 

“As we look ahead to another year of delivering health care to Bromley residents, our thanks go to our patients, staff, GP member practices, providers and partners across health, social care and the voluntary sector for their contributions towards improving healthcare for people in Bromley”.


Other improvements over the last year include:

  • Almost 37,000 additional booked phlebotomy appointments have been made available at a number of GP surgeries.
  • Many patients with respiratory conditions are benefiting from a new pilot virtual respiratory clinic which brings together specialists in respiratory care from hospital and community services to improve the care and management of their condition.
  • Following the decision to no longer support the prescribing of over the counter medicines for short term ailments, 65,000 fewer prescriptions have been dispensed for minor ailments which has saved £257,000.  This has also likely to have freed up many GP appointments.
  • 35% of registered GP practice patients are signed up to use online GP services.  This gives patients more convenience, frees up telephone lines and saves admin and reception time.
  • The GP extended access service (providing GP care 8am to 8pm seven days a week0 is running at almost full capacity and is one of the highest used in London.
  • Following the appointment of an additional Consultant, pregnant women with diabetes have swift access to support for their condition. Waiting times in the clinics have reduced and information on how to manage their condition during pregnancy has improved.
  • We have significantly reduced the number of people with learning disabilities in Assessment and Statement Units.  Those who have been admitted are having significantly reduced lengths of stay.
  • A range of schemes, put in place to avoid emergency admissions to hospital, are having an impact.  This includes the additional resources directing patients to the most appropriate place of care and rapid response and Bromley @home services.
  • 2,735 GP appointments have been avoided following the introduction of a pilot Clinical Pharmacist in GP practices scheme.  It has provided additional capacity and improved patient safety around medicines. 
  • The Bromley Early Identified Psychosis service has been acknowledged as one of the best performing in London and has been used as an example of good practice.  The two week waiting time target continues to be exceeded.
  • The Dementia Hub has continued to see an increase in numbers presenting to the service with over 1,200 unique contacts being seen in 2018/19. 789 had a diagnosis of Dementia and the majority of these were living independently at home 12 months post diagnosis.
  • A new general practice for people living in Bromley’s care homes has been established.  The service will use doctors, nurses and pharmacists to work with care homes as well as the patients and their families to avoid unnecessary hospitalisation and improve the quality, access and experience of primary care for those patients.
  • Bromley had one of the highest uptakes of the flu vaccination in London.
  • Patients coming to the end of their life who have advanced heart failure have benefited from additional care from a clinical nurse specialist in heart failure and palliative care.  We have seen a 36% reduction in hospital admissions.
  • Summary:

    This year’s report provides an account of our work over the last year, the way we run the CCG, our performance against national targets and how we have managed our finances

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