Further details released on emerging plans for health services
More detail on ideas for improving health services in south east London has been released, and the public are being invited to give their views.
The ideas are outlined in Help us improve your local NHS: Emerging models and further thinking, published by local healthcare commissioners.
It has been developed in response to public demand for more detailed information, following the publication of Help us improve your local NHS: Issues Paper (published earlier in 2015) which outlines the major challenges facing the NHS in south east London.
Read the Emerging Models Paper
Read the Issues Paper
The ideas focus on improving access to high quality services outside of hospital in places closer to where people live, alongside promoting health and wellbeing to prevent ill health, and helping people with long term conditions manage their illnesses so that they can keep well for longer.
Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark Clinical Commissioning Groups have been working closely with patients and members of the public, as well as doctors, nurses and therapists, health service managers and social care leaders working for local councils, on a strategy to tackle some of the areas biggest healthcare challenges – known as Our Healthier South East London.
The strategy also aims to help the local NHS spend money better and manage demand for services, which is expected to continue to rise due to factors such as the ageing population, more people living with long term conditions and the rising cost of new medicines and technology.
Dr Marc Rowland, Chair of NHS Lewisham CCG, said: "We have already met with lots of groups and individuals in Lewisham to discuss the challenges that our local NHS is facing. This process is moving forward and this latest document pulls together the emerging ideas as well as raises more questions for us to consider.
"We are committed to providing better health and best care for Lewisham alongside our neighbouring boroughs. As this discussion continues we are building on the information and responses from our residents and I am encouraging people to share widely the information about the 'models of care' contained in this paper.
"I look forward to hearing more about what people think and want to see from health services."
Both publications and more information about the strategy can be found at ourhealthiersel.nhs.uk, where you can also submit your views.
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About Our Healthier South East London
Our Healthier South East London is a five year strategy which aims to improve health and integrated care across south east London. The programme is led by the six NHS clinical commissioning groups in the region – NHS Bexley, NHS Bromley, NHS Greenwich, NHS Lambeth, NHS Lewisham, NHS Southwark – with commissioners from NHS England (London), working in close partnership with local authorities, local providers of care and other partners.
The programme is being shaped by six clinical leadership groups (CLGs), each focusing on a priority area of care:
- Community based care (such as GPs, community nursing, voluntary and social care)
- Children's and young people's services
- Planned care (treatment arranged in advance)
- Urgent and emergency care
Each CLG includes clinicians, commissioners, social care leads and other experts, Healthwatch representatives and other patient and public voices from across south east London.
The work of the CLGs is overseen by the programme's Clinical Executive Group, a team of senior clinicians and social care leads.
More about Our Healthier South East London: ourhealthiersel.nhs.uk or @ourhealthiersel
The strategy is in line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, published by NHS England in October 2014, which sets out a future vision of the NHS. It is also supportive of the London Health Commission and its recommendations to improve the health of Londoners.
More about the NHS Five Year Forward View: england.nhs.uk/ourwork/futurenhs
More about the London Health Commission: londonhealthcommission.org.uk
About Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
CCGs are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services for their local area.
Commissioning is about getting the best possible health outcomes for the local population, by assessing local needs, deciding priorities and strategies, and then buying services on behalf of the population from providers such as hospitals, clinics and community health bodies. It is an ongoing process, and CCGs must constantly respond and adapt to changing local circumstances. CCGs are responsible for the health of their entire population, and are measured by how much they improve outcomes.