North London Partners in health and care

STP Newsletter - 13 November 2017

Message from Helen Pettersen, North London Partners (STP) convenor

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.

Work is now continuing apace on the updating of the STP delivery plans for 2018/19. This means that our plan will remain up to date and relevant for next financial year. As part of that work, we are working hard to make sure that the individual QIPP plans being developed by CCGs are fully integrated into the STP plans. This will mean that that we have one set of plans which have been agreed by all organisations.

Our aim is that we will be in a position to sign off the NHS contracts for next year by Christmas to give all NHS organisations financial certainty. This is in line with the two year contracts which we agreed last year.

Activity Update

Activities from the past fortnight:

• UEC Workstream QIPP planning, 02 November

• Planned Care QIPP planning, 03 November

• Care Closer to Home QIPP planning, 06 November

• NCL Strategy Directors’ Meeting, 07 November

• Urgent and Emergency Care Board, 09 November

• Health and Care Closer to Home Board, 10 November

Activities planned for this fortnight:

• Programme Delivery Board, 14 November

• Health and Care Cabinet, 15 November

• NCL Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 24 November

• Finance and Activity Modelling Group, 24 November

STP News 

C&I opens psychiatric intensive care unit for women across north central London. 

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has officially launched a specialist psychiatric intensive care unit for women (WPICU) - the only such unit to offer this service across north central London.

The 11-bed unit will offer 24-hour care and support to women with the most severe psychiatric needs and will cater for service users from across Camden and Islington, as well as Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.

Named Ruby, it will provide tailored, intensive treatment much closer to home, so women no longer have to go out of borough and away from their families and loved ones to get specialist care of this kind.

Based at C&I’s St Pancras Hospital site, the unit, which was completed in just over three months, will offer clinical approaches that are specifically tailored to caring for women with acute mental health problems requiring an intensive intervention within a psychiatric care unit.

This will include women service users being much more closely involved in their own care, receiving therapy that meets the particular needs of women. The aim is to support recovery and movement into a less restrictive setting as quickly as possible.

Angela McNab, C&I chief executive, said: "Developing a Women’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit will enable local women to receive the highest quality, intensive psychiatric care, closer to where they live."

"It will mean better clinical outcomes, as women will be near their own support networks and we will be able to organise local, follow-up care more easily. It also provides us with an opportunity to develop new ways of supporting and caring for vulnerable women."

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Related news

Haringey and Islington’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership is a collaboration between eleven organisations who commission and deliver health and social care for residents in the London Boroughs of Haringey and Islington. The Partnership will be better able to deliver, at a local level, the service transformation proposed in the NCL Sustainability and Transformation Partnership by building upon locally delivered initiatives such as the Care Closer to Home Integrated Networks - a key pillar of the STP which aims to deliver the right health and care locally within smaller populations. 

The Partnership is currently recruiting to four posts. All posts are advertised as 18 month secondments / fixed term roles. Applicants are invited to apply with a CV and covering letter outlining how your skills and experience equip you for the role. For full details on all posts, closing dates and who to contact for further information please click here.  

UCLH GP Survey 

We have launched the annual UCLH GP survey which is about GP engagement and services implemented and we would like your assistance in helping us spread the word to GPs. 

Capital nurse programme evaluation 

Burdett Trust have agreed to fund Dr Lisa Reynolds bid to evaluate the approach, method and experience of the 'Capital Nurse/NCL STP Nursing across a System' programme. The research methodology will involve all of the participating 27 mid career nurses working in our health and care sector, as well as our local DON's (or equivalents) as sponsoring partners. Lisa will be supported by Sue Machell and Pippa Gough, the programme managers, and Professor Sally Hardy will be co-contributing.

New medical director of NHS England

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Powis who has been announced as the new medical director of NHS England. He will succeed Professor Sir Bruce Keogh who is stepping down from his post at NHS England at the end of 2017. Professor Powis is currently medical director at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and professor of renal medicine at University College London. He will take up his new role at NHS England at the start of next year. 


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