North London Partners in health and care

STP Newsletter - 30 October 2017

Last week, as part of our commitment to working with the public, patients and their representatives, I attended a meeting with the NCL Healthwatch chief executives. It is really important that we work closely at a borough level with our Healthwatch colleagues, as well as looking from a NCL-wide perspective; for commissioners, the lead for this within each of the CCGs is the relevant Chief Operating Officer.

We have agreed to undertake a short and sharp review of the 2017/18 contracting round, by speaking to leads within providers, CCGs and the CSU. The outcome of this review will be shared at the mid-November meeting of the Finance and Activity Modelling Group, to help ensure that we learn from 17/18 and make 18/19 work as smoothly as possible.

The arrival of colder weather this morning is a reminder that winter will be soon be here. The Urgent and Emergency Care workstream is focused on the system transformation we need to ensure that people across North London have access to the right type of care in the right place when they need it. We are also working closely together as secondary care and primary care providers and CCGs to ensure that we have as much capacity as possible available over the Christmas and New Year period, and through later into January.

This newsletter is also another opportunity to encourage all staff to have a flu jab!

New starters

Join us in welcoming the following people to the STP team. Contact details for each will be available shortly. In the interim you can use the inbox to contact any member the team

  • Christopher Dzikiti the new NLP STP Programme Manager for Mental Health
  • Richard Dale is the new Head of Programme Management for NLP STP
  • Jaimie Cross is the Health London Partnership embedded resource for the STP Mental Health Workstream (please note the spelling of Jaimie)
  • Donal Markey Programme Director for Planned Care
  • Sarah McIlwaine is the Programme Director for Health and Care Closer to Home
  • Chris Laing, is the Secondary Care Clinical Lead for the UEC Programme

Jonathan Fisher is now on three months leave and will be enjoying the delights of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Bali before returning on 19 February 2018.

Activities from the past fortnight:

  • UEC programme team meeting 17 October
  • Workstream leads meeting 18 October
  • London STP Directors meeting 20 October
  • Finance and Activity modeling 27 October 

Activities planned for this fortnight:

  • UEC Workstream QIPP planning 2 November
  • Planned care QIPP planning 3 November

Planned care workstream progress

Good progress is being made on the planned care work stream. A draft business case is in development for the implementation of tele-dermatology across North London which will help to reduce demand for outpatient services and reduce waiting times. We have also progressed our plan on Clinical Advice & Navigation which aims to improve timely access to consultant lead specialist advice for primary care clinicians, by providing additional support in clinical decision making, avoiding unnecessary outpatient referrals and better outcomes for patients. Roll out will commence in February 2018 in a limited number of specialties with further expansion in 2018/19.

Urgent & emergency care - Streaming and Redirection: The London Model

Dr Josephine Sauvage (Chair, Islington CCG) and Dr Chris Laing (Clinical Director, UCLH) will host an North London workshop on Thursday 16th November. This important event will aim to explore the the challenges associated with the implementation of the London standards such as clinical governance. If you would like to attend this event then please contact

Free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in North London

Free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, facilitated by the charity Rethink, will be held in Islington next month. Like physical first aid, the course teaches you how to give initial support to someone experiencing a mental health problem until professional treatment can be sought. Two sessions of the original MHFA will be held at at the North London Buddhist Centre: 8 and 9 November and 28 and 29 November

The Youth MHFA programme, for people who teach, work with, lives with or cares for young people is also available and will be held on: 20 and 21 November at the London Irish Centre.

Click on the preferred date to book your course. Anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in Camden or Islington is eligible to attend.