Message from Helen Pettersen, North London Partners (STP) convenor
As we head into September, there is plenty going on across the STP, as we maintain the strong focus on delivery across all our workstreams. Many thanks to everyone who is working so hard.
We have a session set up for later this month to bring leads together from all the workstreams with social care, provider, public health and CCG colleagues to focus on the interdependencies between all the different parts of the STP.
The end of September is the traditional start of the NHS contracting round. We will build on the system-wide approach we took in 17/18, reflecting the fact that 18/19 is the second year of two year contracts. The details of finance and activity for 18/19 will have to be negotiated, but we won’t be reopening issues that have been agreed across the two years.
The STP’s Executive Leadership Group, which brings together Council and Trust Chief Executives and the CCGs’ leadership, is meeting on 5 September. We will spend some time discussing the approach to the contracting round, alongside an update on the STP, and a presentation on our digital workstream.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have reduced the frequency of their assurance meetings with the STP to bimonthly. Our next meeting will include a particular focus on mental health and urgent and emergency care, which we will cover in a future edition of this newsletter.
I am delighted to welcome Sarah Mcilwaine as the North Central London Care Closer to Home Programme Director. The Care Closer to Home programme is one of the biggest and most complex Sustainability and Transformation Plan programmes, and Sarah's role will be to support its delivery across north central London.
Although the post sits in the Haringey and Islington Executive Management Team, Sarah will work very closely with Will Huxter, Director of Strategy for North Central London CCGs, CCG teams from across the five boroughs and their partners. Sarah previously worked in Islington PCT and is currently a senior manager at NEL CSU.
I’m also pleased to announce that John Wardell has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer at Enfield CCG. He will take up his post later in the Autumn.
John joins us from Nene CCG where he is currently the Accountable Officer He brings over 20 years’ clinical and managerial experience in industry, local authority and the NHS and until recently was the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Lead for Northamptonshire.