PERFORMANCE: The West Cheshire clinical commissioning group has set out plans to focus on six priority areas over the coming half-decade, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental health.

Enhancing quality of life for people with dementia and slowing the growth of alcohol-related hospital admissions will also be priorities for the group.

In the current financial year the CCG has a delegated budget covering around 70 per cent of the primary care trust’s allocation, and is forecasting it will break even for the year.

On quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings, the CCG said it would “increasingly move away from initiatives identified as ‘quick wins’ and towards larger-scale transformational change, particularly in respect of our six clinical priority areas”.