North London Partners in health and care

Message from Helen

This month we have news of a successful North London Partners’ bid for GP recruitment funding worth £230,000. The GP federations will work together to develop a model to help attract and retain newly qualified doctors. It will build on the current Newly Qualified GP Retention Schemes running in north central London.

There is good news on the training front, North London Partners (NLP) are working together to standardise Mandatory and Statutory Training (MaST) to allow training records to become portable between Trusts. Alongside MaST training, it’s now also possible for completed Systematic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) training to be moved from one trust to another. The system, which makes it easier for cancer nurses to move between trusts, went live in February. Well done to all involved, it’s a great example of partners working together.

Another example of partnership collaboration is the workforce programme which launched the Trainee Nursing Associate scheme, a pathway to allow health care assistants working in GP practices to train as Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Nursing Associates. Congratulations to Karolina Weiligda and Julie Rosewood who work in Haringey practices and who have just graduated as NMC registered Nursing Associates. Well done to all.

We say ‘goodbye and thanks’ to Dr Debbie Frost who is moving on after her five year tenure as chair of Barnet CCG ended in January, Debbie is also stepping down from her role as vice-chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board. We’re all very grateful for all her hard work and contributions made over the years and wish her all the best in her new role as Associate Medical Director for NHS England (South).

I also want to record my thanks to Mike Cooke who was Local Authority SRO for the programme and has now retired from his role in Camden Council. In this time, Mike made a huge contribution to our work and supported us in ensuring residents are at the heart of what we are aiming to do together. Mike will be missed and we wish him well.

Finally, I would like to welcome Andrew Ridley who joins the North London Partners’ management team as Provider SRO and Flo Panel-Coates who joins as Clinical Lead and Zina Etheridge, Chief Executive of Haringey who replaces Mike as Local Authority SRO

Andrew brings a wealth of experience of working across provider and commissioner organisations as well as experience of integrating care with the Better Care fund. Flo has a passion for nursing, involving frontline staff and supporting clinical leadership in order to improve services and outcomes for patients. Zina has wide ranging experience of working in both local government and Central government. I look forward to us all working together to improve health and care services for our communities.

Helen Pettersen, North London Partners in Health and Care Convenor