Message from Helen Pettersen, North London Partners (STP) convenor
Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. We have heard from many of you that you are keen to have more information on what we are doing in the different workstreams, and what we have achieved. In this week’s newsletter we are focussing on health and care closer to home, workforce and urgent and emergency care. I hope that you find this useful.
We are currently updating our plans for the next financial year (starting in April 2018) to reflect the progress we have made, and what we need to do now on implementation. We will share more details on this in a future edition of this newsletter.
STP News and updates
Reimagining Care Closer to Home
What would help you to feel healthier and happier? What support do you want from your GP? What would make your job as a health professional supporting people to care for themselves more do-able? How can we work together to create a system that works for everyone?
We will explore all these things as we reimagine self-care and social prescribing in North London, bringing together local residents and the voluntary sector to work with the NHS and local government. With a focus on groups of GP practices called ‘Care Closer to Home Integrated Networks’ or ‘CHINs’, we will look at how different people and organisations come together in North London to create a system of care in communities – looking at what works locally and across North London.
You are invited to join us on Thursday 7 December, 13:30 – 16:30, Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, London, N22 5HJ. For more information and to register for the event click here. Please feel free to share this with others who may be interested in attending this event.
For a comprehensive update on the workforce workstream please click here.
Health and Care Closer to Home Workforce Workstream Workshop
Workforce Implications and Employment Models – Wednesday, 13th December 1:30-4:30pm. The workshop will look at Health & Care Closer to Home (HCC2H) FYFV targets and how NCL LWAB Primary Care Workforce Action Plan activities can support the HCC2H ambitions and identify any gaps that we need to work together to meet the objectives.
The workshop will also look at workforce implications of the development of CHINs (Care Closer to Home Integrated Networks) and employment models that could support the development and delivery of CHINs. Identifying employment models is identified as a priority area and critical when considering the service transformation for primary care.
HCC2H, NCL CCGs, Mental Health, HEE, Nursing and Social Care workforce are already engaged in the workshop and it will hopefully be the first of many – if you would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or view more information on the work being carried out by Community Matters here.
Urgent and Emergency Care Programme event on Delayed Transfer of Care
The Urgent and Emergency Care Programme will be holding an engagement event with patients and the public on Tuesday 28th November, focusing on 7 day community services, as part of the programme’s co-production work with HealthWatch. We will look at the services we currently have in NCL and how well they work, at what we need to do better and explore how we can work together to deliver 7 day community services so that people can be helped to live well at home, to stay out of hospital and to get out of hospital faster.
The event is invite only to ensure be an equal split of patients and the public and health and care colleagues. For more information, please contact Jenni Frost, UEC Programme Director via email@example.com
Also in NCL, September data suggests that in some areas, such as Haringey and Enfield, there are fewer patients in hospital that are medically fit for discharge as these areas are performing better than the mandated target. The North Middlesex Hospital and University College Hospital are also ahead of their delayed transfers of care (DTOC) targets, meaning patients are able to return home when they are medically fit to do so.
Leavers and joiners
We are sad to announce that we will be losing Shah Uddin as a much-valued member of the team as of 1st December when he will be joining Public Health England as ICT PMO Project Manager. Shah has been with the PMO team for the past year and has been instrumental in getting us to where we are now - he will be missed by all. Please join us in congratulating him on the promotion and in wishing him the very best of luck in his new role.
Give HIV the finger
This week is National HIV Testing Week. The campaign this year promotes HIV testing to the most affected population groups in England, men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African men and women. These groups make up seven out of 10 people in the UK living with HIV. The ultimate goal is to increase regular HIV testing in the most affected groups and promote the benefits of regular testing and treatment for both the individual and community.
It raises awareness of the importance of HIV testing, as well as increasing opportunities to test – be it in clinical settings, in primary care, through community-based rapid testing or via postal testing. Find out when you should test for HIV and where you can get tested here
Free free flu jab for care homes
London's care home staff can now get a free flu jab if they take their ID to a pharmacy. Flu can be devastating for care home residents and lead to urgent trips to A&E and stays in hospital. One of the best ways to prevent an outbreak is to keep the people working closely with care home residents fit and healthy. By vaccinating care home staff it will help keep elderly and vulnerable Londoners safe from flu this winter. Free flu jabs are also being offered to home care staff, and domiciliary care and hospice workers in London. Find out more here
Continued support and treatment for survivors and those bereaved by the Grenfell Tower fire
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust are leading the local response to the Grenfell Tower fire by providing screening and treatment for all residents and their families who have been affected by the fire. In some cases, those affected do not live in the local area and as such, approaching other locally commissioned services for support. The agreed approach is to prioritise and fast-track the survivors of this tragedy. Further information on the pathway can be found here.
NHS England are available to answer any concerns you have with this approach, in the first instance please contact Jane Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Landmark devolution deal to improve health and care across the capital A ground-breaking devolution deal that will lead to improvements in health and care in London has been signed by the Mayor of London, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, NHS and London Councils, Public Health and wider health and care leaders. The landmark agreement gives the Mayor, London Councils and health leaders more control over health and care in the capital, leading to more joined-up services for Londoners. The deal is the largest of its kind in England with over 100 organisations involved in shaping it over the past couple of years. You can read more here
Sharing the news
We are committed to being open and transparent and by sharing this newsletter we are demonstrating this commitment in a real and meaningful way. It is important that information about our partnership and the work being done is shared widely with staff and residents. This newsletter is a fortnightly snapshot of current issues and our progress. We encourage you to forward this newsletter to your teams and more broadly within your organisation.
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