Dr Iain Chorlton, NHS Kernow chairman, said: “This annual report feels like a distant past, given the pandemic which has since dominated our lives. However there is a lot here to be proud of. Many of the case studies and examples link to our health and wellbeing strategy aspiring to healthy and safe communities, enabling people to have a healthy start, healthy bodies and healthy minds. To grow, live, work and age well we need strong foundations. This report provides plenty of evidence that even before COVID-19 we were already coming together as a system. That healthy foundation is underpinned by our strong primary care networks.”
“We also heard during our annual general meeting that other areas look to where we live and work with envy, with strong locality based clinical engagement and leadership.”
Key achievements for 2019/2020
- Being awarded £9.3m to provide more joined up education and mental health services to support pupils who are struggling with mental health.
- Establishing coordination of the system’s response to the pandemic, and redeploying staff to support those operating on the frontline.
- Receiving a good rating in a national assessment from NHS England and Improvement meaning NHS Kernow were one of only 2 CCG’s across the UK which improved their performance by 2 ratings.
- East Cornwall Primary Care Network (PCN) was chosen as the Primary Care Network of the Year, and St Austell Healthcare GP practice was named National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) Primary Care Home of the Year, for their work in strengthening primary care services and developing a social prescribing model, which is being rolled out for the rest of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
- St Clare Medical Centre held Cornwall’s first women’s health morning for mums and working women who would not normally have the time for health checks. Staff offered advice and raised awareness about the importance of cervical cancer screening, contraception and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
- The CCG was delighted with the results of the NHS survey which showed 4 out of 5 of our colleagues felt they were valued by their managers and that their role made a difference.
- Helen Charlesworth-May was appointed as NHS Kernow accountable officer and Cornwall Council strategic director for public health and adult social care. This new ground-breaking role will provide joined up leadership for strategic commissioning to deliver on the new vision for health and wellbeing for the next ten years by working together to tackle health inequalities, so everyone can enjoy good health and wellbeing and grow, live, work and age well.
Helen Charlesworth May, NHS Kernow accountable officer and Cornwall Council strategic director for public health and care, thanked Jackie Pendleton, her predecessor, for the strong foundations she had put in place and which had put NHS Kernow in a good position for coping with COVID-19.
She said: “This report feels like a long time ago now but there is much here to celebrate. It shows that prior to the coronavirus pandemic, NHS Kernow has made huge progress and achieved much over the past year and I would like to thank all of our staff who made that possible. With the new joint leadership of our health and wellbeing strategy I hope to continue the progress of those that worked here before me.”
Andrew Abbott, NHS Kernow’s director of primary care, said huge progress had been made in uniting primary care across the county in the form of primary care networks.
After more than a year of NHS Kernow and GP practices working more and more closely together, the clinical commissioning group took over the role of managing all primary care medical contracts in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from NHS England in April 2020.
He said: “Without this link with the practices, their practitioners and practice managers, I can’t imagine how we would have supported them through the pandemic. I believe the primary care networks are already successfully integrated into the system with a strong locality leadership however I think there’s the potential to do far more here.”