NW London history

The NW London health and care partnership

The NW London health and care partnership is made up of over 30 NHS and local authority organisations Between us, we plan, buy and provide health and care services for more than two million local residents across eight boroughs, spending around £4bn per year.

There are 400 GP practices, ten hospitals and four mental health and community health trusts across the eight boroughs.

A full list of the partnership organisations can be found here.


What does the partnership do?
In 2016, over 30 NHS organisations and local authorities came together to develop and agree a plan for health and social care across North West London.
 

This was our joint response to improving the physical and mental health of all our residents. Focused on improving care, it is firmly grounded in the reality of the quality, demand and financial challenges we face today across the health and social care system.


Having the NHS and local authorities working properly together as a single health and care system will remove the snags that often build delays, confusion and frustration into your care. It also means we can run our services more efficiently, freeing up more time and money to keep you well and treat you well.

 

Our plan is simple.
It puts us a step ahead in terms of how we prevent, manage and treat illness, and make the most of new technology and medicines.


We will invest more in preventing illness, in more GPs, into more care you can get in or close to your home. Basically, we want to try and keep you out of hospital if we can.


If you do need hospital treatment, we need to make sure you see the right experts at the right time, and get you home safe and well, as quickly as possible.
Having agreed the plan, our partnership is now all about delivering the health and care improvements needed in NW London.


Moving forward together
The partnership is focusing on five areas to make the biggest and quickest positive impact on our residents’ health, and the challenges facing our health and social care system.
These areas are:


• improving health and wellbeing
• better care for people with long-term conditions
• better care for older people
• improving mental health services
• safe, high quality and sustainable hospital services.


You can read more about these five areas on this website.


What happens now?
Our staff are already working together to make improvements. NHS and council colleagues are joining-up efforts to prevent illness, to improve care for diabetics and people with mental health needs. Teams are working hard to provide services in more convenient locations in local communities, and give older people a better experience. Other staff are helping to recruit and retain the professionals we need, to use our resources more effectively, and modernise our IT systems. These are all part of the plan.


Making improvements will sometimes mean changes to how you currently use services.  Some changes will make it easier for you to get care more quickly and more conveniently. Other changes are needed so our staff can work better together, to always meet the highest standards of care, and get the most out of new treatments and technology.


Rigorous checks will take place before and after any new service starts, or we move or change an existing service. This makes sure you are getting the promised improvements and benefits before any permanent changes are made.
We will continue to update you on progress. We also ask that you get involved, have your say and help us shape improvements to your care.
 

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