Portsmouth health trust is given a national accolade

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THE panel of doctors that will control Portsmouth’s health budget has won a national award.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) won the NHS Alliance Acord Award in the category of Making a Difference: CCG of the Year.

It was praised for improving services – in particular diabetes, working as a membership organisation and its vision for integrated care.

Dr Jim Hogan, chairman of the Portsmouth CCG, said: ‘We’re thrilled to have won this coveted award and early recognition for our work.

‘I’m particularly pleased it recognises we have improved services for patients – which is at the centre of all our thinking and the very reason CCGs are being established.’

CCGs are set to replace primary care trusts as the main planner and commissioner of health services for their communities next April as a major part of the government’s NHS reforms.

Portsmouth CCG will have a budget of around £260m to spend on providing healthcare needs in the city.