North London Partners in health and care

Message from Helen

It’s an exciting time for North Central London (NCL). Across the partnership we are seeing examples of new ways of working that are delivering tangible improvements to the care of patients and residents using health services. 

NCL STP has been selected as one of three STPs to demonstrate best practice initiatives in dementia and older people’s mental health care.

On Monday (29 April) Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health, visited NCL to talk to two teams, Enfield’s Care Home Assessment Team and Islington’s Home Treatment team, that are both achieving such positive outcomes for older people and their families.

There is more good news, the teledermatology pilot has already resulted in the rapid, successful diagnosis of a rare skin cancer and equally rapid commencement of treatment for the patient concerned.

In another first for NCL, 15 mothers are helping improve and reshape maternity services.  The women were recruited as patient and public voice partners to interview maternity service users, successful enabling the views of previously under-represented groups of women and their families to be gathered and taken in account.

And finally, I’m pleased to welcome Mike Cooke as Independent Chair of the Advisory Board and look forward to us working together to develop and deliver an integrated care system (ICS). Following the borough simulation events we held in January and February 2019, we shared draft proposals on next steps with our partners.  We have now received lots of helpful and considered comments in response, and are working through these to shape what we do next.