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HSJ Awards 2014- Clinical Commissioning Group of the Year

Winner: Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group


  • Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group – winner
  • Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group – highly commended
  • Corby Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Hull Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group

The judges were impressed by the group’s “strong leadership, especially around clinical leadership, while retaining patient focus.”

A focus on engagement, communication, and collaboration has helped Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group tackle deprivation and health inequalities, and create an approach based on the immediate needs of the population, putting them at the heart of everything it does.


Comprehensive engagement informs each stage of the commissioning cycle and uses patient and public insight along with clinical expertise and innovation.

The group’s approach to collaboration has resulted in improved diabetic inpatient care at the Royal London Hospital. This success was emulated in primary care with the development of diabetic care packages. This has helped the borough exceed the national standard for treatment targets, and the number of people receving regular checks and being supported to self care has increased significantly.

A focus on communication means that health information is available in multiple languages across the community, and the group works with partners to reach vulnerable people in the borough.

Tower Hamlets CCG is committed to making the best use of funds, and the triage system at the front end of A&E has generated £2 million of savings and helped more than 30,000 people to receive care in the right setting.

Changes to the group’s mental health accommodation strategy are on track to deliver savings of £1.6 million by 2016.

The group strives to strike a balance between long term strategic view and immediate work improvement outcomes for local people.