Over recent years we have changed how we work and plan services in north east London (NEL) to bring health and social care services closer together for the good of our communities.
We have a strong history of partnership working in NEL. This is highlighted by our ongoing coordinated response to Covid-19 where NEL CCG, providers, local councils and community groups all work together to provide the care our communities needed in an efficient, effective and joined up way. Not only does this provide the best experience for our population, it also makes sure we’re making best use of vital resources.
We are making plans to formalise these ways of working in line with the Government’s new Health and Social Care Bill which outlines plans to bring health and social care services together to improving the health of our communities and their experiences of care. This will mean some changes to NHS organisations in North East London.
An Integrated Care Partnership for North East London will be created as a formal alliance of partners with a role in improving the health and wellbeing of our residents. Together we will create a joint plan for improving health for our community and how services will be delivered in a more joined up way. We already work in this way through North East London Health and Care Partnership.
From April 2022 North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (NEL CCG) will become a new organisation – we expect this to be called NHS North East London – with an Integrated Care Board which will include NHS providers and local authorities, to make decisions on planning services and work to reduce inequalities and maintain patient choice. This is much the same as what NEL CCG does now, and doing things at a borough level for local communities will continue to be the bedrock of what this organisation does.
In July Marie Gabriel CBE, was officially confirmed as the Chair designate for NHS North East London, and recruitment is currently underway by NHS England to appoint Chief Executive Officers to these new organisations nationally.
This is an exciting time for North East London as we formalise our partnerships and plans to continue to support our population of over two million people to live healthier, happier lives.
We are following national guidance to prepare for these changes and are involving our staff, partners and communities in developing our new organisation and ways of working.