Strategic reviews of community and mental health services

North Central London CCG plans and pays for a wide range of health and care services in north central London – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.  This includes community health services such as district nursing, podiatry, speech and language therapy for example, as well as mental health services, including talking therapies.

The formation of North Central London CCG in April 2020, following the merger of the five north central London CCGs, presents us with an opportunity to look at how we can improve services and health outcomes for the residents we serve in each of the five boroughs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s lives and has been very much the focus of the NHS over the last year. Although this has absorbed our resources and affected delivery of services in some areas such as planned care, it has led to even greater collaboration with our health and care system partners.  Through partnership working with local councils, NHS providers, primary care and voluntary and community organisations, we have been able to respond quickly and decisively in a complex and fast-moving situation. Relationships have strengthened as a result, as has our commitment to working together to improve services and help our residents to stay well and live healthier independent lives.

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About the reviews

North Central London CCG is reviewing community health services and mental health services currently provided to residents living in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

The provision of community health services and mental health services across north central London is varied and complex. For example, waiting times, availability and access to services can differ from borough to borough. We will look at what services are currently being delivered in each of the boroughs, how these are delivered and whether they meet the health needs of our residents.

Working in partnership with our community and mental health service providers, primary care, local authorities, voluntary and community sectors and service users, carers and residents, we would like to develop a core service offer which is comprehensive, consistent and equitable for all residents regardless of where they live in north central London.  We also need to make sure that the services we buy offer value for money and are sustainable for the future too.

In line with the vision of the NHS Long Term Plan, our ambition is to move care away from hospitals and closer to people’s homes and communities, placing greater focus on preventing ill health and delivering community and mental health services which are more joined up with GP practices and hospitals, as well as local authority and voluntary sector services.

Given the shared purpose and objectives of the reviews and to ensure greater collaboration, the community health services review and mental health services review will be undertaken in parallel as far as possible, with one combined programme steering group, but overseen by two separate Programme Boards.

As part of the review process there will be a series of workshops with partners from the health and care system to design and develop a core service offer. Various options will be considered and a transition plan will be developed to implement the review recommendations.

We are aiming to complete both reviews by September 2021. 

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