North London Partners in health and care

Message from Helen

Welcome to the July issue of STP news. Summer is definitely here with schools winding down and a holiday vibe in the air but there is no let-up in the work of North London Partners.

Over the coming months we will be working closely with our partners in local authorities, community and voluntary groups to take forward work on the development of an integrated care system. We want to ensure we understand residents’ needs so we can work together for wellbeing of local communities and we want to build on our experience of successful partnership working.

In June we had the first meeting the north central London Integrated Care System Design Group, which looked at how to take forward some of the discussions coming out of the past integrated care system workshops.

All of this will inform our draft response to The NHS Long Term Plan, due in the autumn. It will enable us to develop a local plan that will help collectively deliver better, resident-focussed health and social care services to support the wellbeing of local communities.

At the start of July the Primary Care Networks (PCN) launched. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the proposals to develop the 30 PCNs in the north central London (NCL) patch. NHS England recognised our excellent work and showcased the Islington GP Federation as a case study of how PCNs can transform the delivery of health and care. It’s a great example of partnership working between Islington GP Federation and the wider system partners including Whittington Health, Age UK Islington, Camden and Islington Foundation Trust and the local authority.

In Haringey the West Green Surgery in Tottenham was recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Quality Care Commission, the first practice in NCL to achieve this. Huge congratulations to all the team that work so hard delivering such outstanding care.

In another first for NCL, Penshurst Gardens surgery, Barnet, became the first surgery to go live with a new electronic joined-up health and care patient record. The technology allows GPs and clinicians at Royal Free hospitals to have the latest information to help deliver better care to patients and will mean that patients don’t have to repeat their medical histories and vital health information.

There are more examples of innovation in primary care in NCL: St Johns Way Medical Centre has piloted a pharmacist-led telephone triage system and Camden Health Evolution, a federation of 17 GP practices, is working with Camden and Islington Public Health and the UCLH Cancer Collaborative to offer training to non-clinical staff as part of a project which aims to improve cervical screening rates for women in Camden.
You can find out more about these and other initiatives in this newsletter.

If you still have to take your well-earned summer holiday I wish you an enjoyable and refreshing one.