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Progress in Devon's NHS recognised

​​Improvement for Devon's health system
Independent assessments by national regulators have highlighted the progress made by the health system in Devon.

The county’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – South Devon and Torbay, and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CGG – have enhanced their ratings, as part of the annual assessment published by NHS England, with both moving from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’.

Improvement in the financial position of the CCGs was recognised in the report by NHS England. The report also highlights good progress in other areas:

  • procurement and implementation of the new NHS 111 service
  • securing capital funding development monies to implement GP streaming services
  • use of e-referrals

Also, a new Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Progress Dashboard has been published, showing improvements in the wider system. 

This is the NHS’s first attempt at capturing the combined performance of STP health and care systems, and classifies the Devon STP as one that is ‘making progress’.

The STP rating is driven by indicators in three broad areas: hospital performance, patient-focused change, and transformation. Devon is recognised as doing well in many of the hospital and patient-focused indicators.

The combination of these two independent assessments highlights that Devon has now moved from being one of the three most challenged systems in England to one of a group of 14 health and care systems that are now making very real progress. 

A spokesperson said: “The progress we have made in Devon this year has clearly been recognised by NHS England and NHS Improvement, and this gives us the right foundations on which to improve health and social care services for patients.”