NHS England national medical director Professor Stephen Powis visited the CCG yesterday to learn more about the innovative work taking place across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Professor Powis made the visit with senior colleagues as part of a trip of the South West of England. The aim was to help develop a deeper understanding of the local issues and challenges in health and social care and to learn more about examples of excellent local work.
Professor Powis said, “It has been a pleasure to see the progress that has been made to deliver modernised and effective services in BNSSG, including the Healthy Weston project and future transformation work. Developing clinical services that are financially sustainable is essential in delivering the models of care these diverse communities require.
“There are many challenges faced across the region, however these plans highlight the important steps being taken to address the issues. I look forward to seeing how collaborative working not only improves delivery and patient experience in the future, but the health and wellbeing of patients across the board.”
Medical director for clinical effectiveness at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Dr Peter Brindle said, “We were delighted to welcome Professor Powis and NHS England colleagues here today to talk with staff about some the innovative work taking place across the region.
“This work included our Healthy Weston project and the steps we are taking to develop clinical and financial sustainability for the local health economy. We discussed how we would help achieve this by developing closer working links between community services. We also discussed our innovative work to help recognise MRSA and sepsis in people who inject drugs.”
“We had a really positive meeting in which we shared some of our outstanding work and learnt more about the national direction for healthcare services. Sharing best practice like this is really important and will help to ensure exceptional healthcare practice can spread and improve the health of patients across the country."
Professor Powis and his team will now go on to visit more sites in the region, including Southmead Hospital on Friday 13 April.