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NHS and councils across NW London launch online engagement tool

22 August 2016

The NHS and councils across NW London have launched an online engagement tool to gather input on shaping the future of health services across the area and to improve the health and care system for the two million residents living here.

Working with partners across the health and social care system in NW London, the NHS and councils have been working together to develop a joint draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan covering all health and care services, outlining a new approach to ensure services are built around the needs of local people, where they live. This means more partnership working with local authorities, GPs, CCGs, voluntary organisations, partner trusts and local people.

The plan will see more focus on preventing ill-health, on faster diagnosis of illness, and more rapid access to GPs – all supported by better technology. Older people and patients with long term conditions should get care and support more quickly, to stay well at home and out of hospital. The plans also seek to enhance integration of mental health and physical health across the system.

They are looking to hear from the 2 million people who live in the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster about the draft plans.

Carolyn Regan, chief executive, said: “These transformation plans will make a real difference to the way, together, we care for local people and will have a significant impact on all the health and social care services in the area. As experienced professionals, you will all have feedback which will be valuable to the development of the plan and I encourage everyone to look at the plans and send in feedback.

“Here at the trust we are already developing integrated services, such as Home Ward Ealing, in close collaboration with local partners to make sure people are receiving help closer to home. We need to continue to work closely with partners and look closely at where we can further integrate and improve our services.”