Helen' s message
It is great when you see all of the hard work of a programme come to fruition and start to deliver real game-changing results that will improve the health care of residents. In this month’s newsletter we hear from Penshurst Gardens surgery in Barnet, the first surgery in NCL to go live with electronic joined-up health and care records, report that it is an ‘absolute game-changer, the best decision the practice ever made and win-win for all.’ Practice GPs Dr Joseph Jones and Dr Melissa Holz use the system every day and now would not be without it. It saves a lot of time and means when the patient is seen the relevant information is available to the GP. This enables both to have an informed discussion and be in a better position to make joint decisions. A huge thank you to everyone involved.
September marks the start of a new school year and also the highest hospital admission rates for asthma. This year the #AskAboutAsthma campaign is asking people to pledge to do one thing to improve the quality of life of children living with asthma, you can find out about partners pledges in this newsletter. Ana, a paediatric asthma nurse at the Whittington Hospital, has started holding consultations for groups of families whose children have asthma to see if it will improve outcomes, read about it here.
You can also read about how leadership training has made 33 frontline nurses working in care homes become advocates for quality improvement and more confident in their ability to make a difference in the health and social care system in order to improve outcomes for elderly residents.
Over the summer months North London Partners has been working with our partners in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS trusts and local authorities, as well as with residents and community groups, to take forward proposals to develop a north central London Integrated Care System (ICS). The ICS will deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes across north central London.
Underpinning the new ICS will be five borough based integrated care partnerships. These partnerships are being developed jointly with local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, and service providers and drawing on the local experience of community and voluntary groups. Changing how we work together as partners will allow us to tackle current issues in the system, deliver more consistent and improved outcomes, a better experience for residents, and future financial stability.
Throughout July and August we've been surveying residents, community groups and staff to gather their views on their priorities for health and care, and find out what they want from their local health care system. We received some extremely useful feedback and will use this insight to ensure that we have a positive impact on the health and lives of residents, tackling health inequalities, and supporting wellbeing as we develop plans for an integrated care system and submit our draft response to the NHS Long Term Plan later this month.
There is more information on this and other programmes on www.northlondonpartners.org.uk