Health and care partners working together for a healthier Lewisham
Last week local residents and community organisations joined staff from NHS services and Lewisham Council at an event at the Deptford Lounge to discuss how everyone can work together to achieve better health and care.
The event was opened by Councillor Chris Best, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Older People. She said: "In Lewisham we are committed to improving and transforming the local health and care system. To do this we need to listen to local people and staff so that we can continue to improve people's health and wellbeing and deliver high quality, personalised and seamless care. I was delighted to be part of the event and really impressed by the enthusiasm to work together from everyone who attended."
Participants were shown a short film which introduced Lewisham Health and Care Partners*, the challenges we face and how organisations and local people need to work together.
Guests were invited to join one of three workshops covering how we can:
Maintain health and wellbeing
Align our resources for adults at a neighbourhood level
Get advice, care and treatment at the right place at the right time
There was a really positive vibe in all of the workshops and there were many interesting ideas about how we can work differently together. Many people asked to see the feedback from the event and want to see what actions are being taken as a result. We will publish what we heard and how it will be used.
Here are some of the issues raised:
To deal with the whole person there needs to be a joint assessment of their care needs as well as their medical needs
People were frustrated with the current fragmented system and want better coordination of care
Staff may be able to take on a wider range of responsibilities with the right training and support
Communication across the system is key – IT needs to be improved
Care workers need enough time to do their job properly in order to meet people's needs
Awareness of services and activities available could be improved and better signposting to services, advice and opportunities. Also, the range of activities is limited for some groups
The importance of making the best use of a person's own support network and the support already available from the community
We should make better use of our open spaces.
View the photos from the event below:
Martin Wilkinson, Chair of the Lewisham Health and Care
Partners Executive Board said: “I really enjoyed the event. It was an excellent
example of collaborative working with input from local people and colleagues
across the local NHS and Council. It was great to see some new faces at the
event as well as others already engaged with us. There were many
suggestions on how health and care could be improved and I look forward to
working with partners to translate many of these into actions.”
*Lewisham Health and Care
Partners (LHCP) is a partnership of the main health and care commissioners and
providers in Lewisham. The partners include NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning
Group, Lewisham Council, One Health Lewisham, South London and Maudsley NHS
Foundation Trust, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and Lewisham Local Medical
LHCP provide system-wide
leadership, strategic direction and a collective view on the transformational
change required in health and care across Lewisham.