To coincide with the start of the new school year and the highest hospital admission rates for asthma, the #AskAboutAsthma campaign will run for its second year from 3rd - 16th September 2018.
The campaign, which is being led by the Healthy London Partnership, wants to encourage children and young people, their parents and carers ask three simple but important questions that can help them control their asthma:
- Do I have an asthma management plan? The plan (which will shortly be available as an app for mobile devices) helps identify the right colour inhaler and dosage and the time to seek emergency help.
- Can I use my inhaler effectively?
- Have I had an annual asthma review?
If the answer is not always yes, the advice will be that it is time to see your GP to get these things in place: it could be life changing!
We want to ensure that these messages are delivered as far as possible, so please do cascade within your organisations. There are some useful communications resources available from the Healthy London Partnership website.
STP news: successes and achievements
We are committed to being open and transparent about the work we are doing across health and social care as a partnership of 21 organisations in North Central London (NCL). We encourage you to forward this newsletter to your teams and more broadly within your organisation
I am pleased to announce that Health Education England has awarded us £500,000 to take forward our Workforce programme.
Workforce Update by Siobhan Harrington
As the Senior Responsible Officer for the programme, I am delighted that we can take real steps to achieving our ambition of attracting people to live and to work in North London so we have the best possible workforce to deliver high quality services to our community.
To this end, we will support projects to which will help us:
- Allow staff to work flexibility across our partnership organisations without having to repeat inductions and mandatory training
- Prepare for winter pressures – ensuring we have the right number of staff in the right places to support the health and care system in NCL
- Develop new models of care – focusing on primary, community and social care to enable more care to be co-ordinated and delivered closer to home, outside of hospital settings
- Achieve consistency in and reduction of temporary staffing - ensuring bank rates are consistent, the process of managing and signing up to banks is streamlined and there are financial efficiencies.
I look forward to reporting on our progress in coming months.
Islington GP Federation wins National NHS 70 Award for Healthier Communities
Islington GP federation was chosen from hundreds of applicants in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday. They were presented with a national award at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.
Launched in February, the campaign asked the region’s MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories. Islington GP Federation was nominated by Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP who said:
"The Islington GP Federation does such great work in my community and I didn't hesitate to nominate them as we celebrate and commemorate the foundation of our NHS 70 years ago.”
Islington GP federation was recognised for the various quality improvement projects they are delivering across the borough. In a short space of time, they have achieved significant improvements in population health outcomes through collaborative cross-sector working, and by testing and evaluating new approaches to delivering patient-centred care. These achievements include improving flu vaccination uptake, training over 70 smoking cessation advisors, delivering proactive physical health checks to people living with severe mental illness and improving the management of people living with long-term conditions.
Islington GP federation comprises a dedicated multi-professional team who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of their local population. In particular, they are targeting vulnerable groups whose needs are not always met by existing services and people living with long-term health conditions. They have achieved significant improvements in health outcomes through collaborative cross-sector working, and by testing and evaluating new approaches to delivering coordinated patient-centered care.
Congratulations to the team from Islington!
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Good news about Urology Services
Over the past six months a group of local GPs, secondary care consultants and a patient representative have been working together to redesign Urology services across the five boroughs of NCL - ensuring that the patient is always at the centre of the service. There are now “end to end” patient pathways for common urological symptoms, guiding clinicians in the management of these patients, meaning that from now on, any patient presenting with a urology problem will receive the same consistent, high quality, best practice service, irrespective of who their GP is, or where they are referred to.
The new patient pathways are designed to make the patient’s journey as smooth as possible, ensuring that they can be seen in a one-stop shop service where this is appropriate. We are very excited about this work and will be doing a patient survey once it has been in place for a few months and will keep you updated on the results.
UCLH has produced two patient information films on the UCLH prostate cancer surgical school that are also available in five languages - Bengali, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish. The promotional film explains why people and their families should attend surgical school when they are referred from across the region to UCLH for their surgery. The surgical school is an education session intended to manage patient expectations, aid their post-operative recovery and help them to manage their care.
A longer video, aimed at people that have attended surgical school and would like a refresh on the content, as well as those that cannot attend the session, is also available. You can view both films on the UCLH prostate cancer support webpages
You can read the latest news from the Cancer Collaborative, including their annual review, here.
Finding the missing, treating the known, saving lives – Preventing Cardiovascular Disease
On 16 July, around 60 people representing partners in north central London from primary care, secondary care, pharmacy, public health and local authorities came together for a workshop focusing on preventing cardiovascular disease.
The event looked at how we could prevent over 100 strokes in north London over the next two to three years by improving the support for people with an irregular pulse rhythm – atrial fibrillation (AF) – that puts people at increased risk of stroke and heart failure.
People attending the workshop heard local and national examples of good work in this area. There was a real buzz during interactive sessions at the workshop and consensus and commitment to this work, with a shared ambition to improve the management of AF to become as good as the best areas nationally.
We have now secured external funding for a project manager and clinical lead to support this programme of work, and who will work closely with the Health and Care Closer to Home and Prevention workstreams. You can view the slides from the event here.
To find out more, contact Will Maimaris, Interim Director of Public Health, Haringey Council, email@example.com, or Charlotte Ashton, Consultant in Public Health, Camden and Islington councils, Charlotte.Ashton@islington.gov.uk
Planned Care Showcase Event
Local system leaders gathered on 18th June for a 90-minute event, hosted by Marcel Levi UCLH CEO and SRO for Planned Care, to learn more about the changes being implemented for the Planned (elective) Care. The event introduced the plans for five areas, including the roll-out of Advice and Guidance across NCL and the innovative new approach to teledermatology.
To this end, attendees were given a live demonstration of the Clinical Advice & Guidance service via the eRS (NHS e-Referral Service which combines electronic booking with a choice of place, date and time for first hospital or clinic appointments) to highlight its ease of use and share positive feedback from GPs who have used the service to date. There was also a demonstration of the hand held dermatoscopes that will be used for the new teledermatology service.
Feedback from the event was that there has been great progress and this was made possible by the enthusiasm and dedication of all involved. The work on the revised and standardised primary care urology pathways (below) were highlighted as what can be achieved through working across the system and keeping the patient at the centre of plans – the guiding principles of all the Planned Care design groups. You can view the slides from the event here.
Save the Date: the Future of Health and Care in North Central London
The work of North London Partners (the STP) relies on strong relationships with our system partners and stakeholders. Two years after we came together as a partnership, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight our achievements, the progress we have made and outline our future ambitions at our Future of Health and Care in North Central London event an event on Tuesday 16th October.
The event is a great opportunity to learn about our refreshed strategic narrative and the outcomes it sets out.
We will be in contact with further details soon.
Work for us
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Communications and Engagement Manager to support our Digital programme realise its ambition to be the most digitally integrated and intelligent health and care economy across the NHS.
The post holder will be critical to the delivery of the STP’s Digital programme, working collaboratively with colleagues to deliver communications and engagement that support the programme to deliver its ambitions.
The post is advertised on a fixed term or secondment basis until March 2020. Read more and apply here. The deadline for applications is 1st August 2018.
Please contact Chloe Watson, Head of Communications and Engagement – North London Partners (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07496510334) if you’d like more information.
London Sport Strategy consultation
Sport can bring people together and keep us healthy and in good shape. The Mayor of London has just launched ‘Sport for all of us, the draft London Sport Strategy’ which outlines his plans to make London the most socially integrated and active city in the world.
You can have your say by taking part before 5pm on Friday 12th October.