North London Partners in health and care

STP Newsletter - 21 December 2017

Message from Helen Pettersen, North London Partners (STP) convenor 

December is often a time of reflection for all of us. As 2017 comes to a close it is important that we take the time to reflect on the successes of the year but also the challenges that will carry through into the new year. This update provides a snapshot of some of our success stories including the opening of the female psychiatric intensive care unit at Camden & Islington Foundation Trust. This unit will provide local care to women who were often sent out of our local area to receive treatment, away from their support network. 

A theme for 2018 will be 'using money wisely'. It will also be the commitment we make to our local populations. The decisions we take are about improving the health and wellbeing of the people of North London, but we must also live within the resources we have available. Each pound spent must be used to provide the best services we can. 

One of our most significant challenges for the new year will be recruiting and retaining people to work in health and social care in North London. There is no simple solution, but those of us working in North London know it's a great place to work and the career opportunities are enormous. Encouraging people to come and work in health and care in North London is something we can all participate in. This will be a real focus for us in 2018 

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy time with family and friends and return refreshed and ready for a productive and exciting 2018. 

STP News and updates 

New ward opens at Finchley Memorial

A new hospital ward has opened at Finchley Memorial Hospital to support patients discharged from local acute hospitals, notably Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. The 17-bed unit at Adams Ward will care for patients who are ready to leave the acute hospital but require ongoing assessment before returning home (known as ‘Discharge to Assess’). 

Adams Ward – a short-stay unit to assess patients and plan discharge packages – started caring for its first patients earlier this month and all 17 beds are expected to be occupied by mid-December. The services – which will provide patients with tailored care and discharge plans to meet their individual needs – are provided by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, which already provides a wide range of services from the facility. 

The additional capacity provided at Finchley will help the local NHS more widely, particularly this winter when acute hospitals and emergency departments are expected to be extremely busy. Find the full story at the Barnet CCG Website. 

New opportunities for people affected by cancer to shape services

Are you a patient or carer affected by cancer? Would you like to join us to help shape cancer services and improve early diagnosis across our region? 

UCLH Cancer Collaborative is currently recruiting for patients and carers who would like to be involved in a number of exciting opportunities. These include innovative projects for early diagnosis, measuring quality of life after treatment, and looking at driving improvements in patient experience and outcomes for care pathways for specific cancer types. 

The involvement opportunities for people affected by cancer are:

  1. Being a patient representative on a Pathway Board or Expert Reference Group
  2. Joining our Patient Experience and User Involvement Steering Group
  3. Joining a Quality of Life Pilot Steering Group
  4. Joining a Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centre (MDC) Steering Group 

You must be committed to working collaboratively and broadly representing the diverse views and needs of people affected by cancer. Participation in other cancer networks and people with links to community groups is considered really helpful. Deadlines apply. 

Full information about each of these opportunities is available here

Traineeship pilot extended to Barnet and Enfield

Following on from the success of the Traineeship pilot, developed by Camden, Haringey and Islington CEPNs and delivered by Jobwise Training, we are expanding the traineeship to include Barnet and Enfield as well.  We are seeking help from any providers who would be willing to host a work experience or visit or to give a little staff time to talk about their job role.  

Watch this video about the how the Traineeship programme can be used to engage young people and make them aware of the hundreds of different job roles and career pathways available in the health and care sector.  We hope the young people in the video will inspire you as much as they have inspired us!  Please contact Jo Barter, if you can help ( 

NCL workstreams and CEPN projects map

A wire diagram has been created that looks at CEPN activities and STP workstreams, which can be reached from Click on each workstream to be taken to an individual link map.  

Leavers and joiners

Join us in welcoming Geraldine Wingfield-Hill to the STP. Geraldine took up her post as Digital Programme Director on 11th December. She has a full induction schedule and will be based in 5 Pancras Square. You can contact Geraldine via: 

Gary Sired will be joining us from 2nd January taking over from Jonathan Wise as STP Finance Lead. Welcome to the team, Gary. Gary will be based with the PMO team in 5 Pancras Square and can be contacted via 

Jonathan first joined the STP in the very early stages of development – February 2016. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jonathan for his hard work and dedication over the past two years. 

We’re pleased to announce that David Stout will be staying on within NCL as Senior Programme Director leading the work on the CSU transfer and the initial work on the GIRFT [Getting it Right First Time] programme. David will be picking up his new programmes over the next few weeks and will be based in Haringey. David’s contact details remain the same.

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Stay Well London

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It’s NICE to have support

NICE has a number of resources which can support STP programme leads and others to drive service transformation and pathway redesign. As well as the guidelines they are best known for, they also have ready-made evidence based metrics which can be used to evaluate local services, inform local dashboards, and monitor improvements from any transformation activity. 

NICE resources can be used to identify what good looks like, and bring people from different organisations together around a common evidence based framework or pathway. Jane Moore is an Implementation Consultant for NICE working across the London region. Jane is available to work with programme leads to identify what NICE has around a number of priority topics, and support local improvement work. 

To find out more, read the offer of support which contains Jane’s contact details. 

Christmas Office Hours

The PMO office in Pancras Square will not be fully staffed between Friday 22nd December until the New Year. A member of staff will be checking emails to the stppmo inbox over the Christmas period and can escalate/respond to urgent queries. However, business as usual will recommence on Tuesday 2nd January. 

We’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Sharing the news

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