Barking and Dagenham

We are responsible for planning and buying health services for the people of Barking and Dagenham and making sure these services meet the needs of local people.

It’s our job to make sure that you receive high quality healthcare services whenever you need them – whether this is advice from a pharmacist or GP, a procedure in hospital, help at home through local community services, or if you need support with your mental health.

With seven other local authority areas – City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest – we make up NHS North East London.

Place partnerships

These partnerships bring together the NHS, local government and providers of health and social care services, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, residents and communities, to provide a strong understanding of what works well and what is needed by local communities. As well as the ability to integrate local services across health and care and the levers to tackle some of the wider things that impact health, such as housing and employment.

Plans for these partnerships are in development and we expect them to work and develop differently depending on a range of local factors. They will identify how to better meet the needs of the local population and reduce health inequalities, through their own priorities and outcomes.

They will be the bedrock of integration of health and care services, ensuring that services are wrapped around residents who need them at place and at a more local ‘neighbourhood’ level through integration and primary care networks – GP practices working together in their areas.

In Barking and Dagenham our place partnership brings together local partners to pool our resources and support residents:

Our key priorities as a place partnership are:

  • Workforce development
  • Developing borough partnerships
  • Children and young people prevention, and children and young people and adults safeguarding
  • Addressing inequalities and embedding prevention in every interaction
  • Winter planning
  • Organisational development (OD) and building trusted relationships

North East London Health and Care Partnership

NHS North East London is part of North East London Health and Care Partnership. This is a formal alliance of health, care and community partners that works with and for all the people of north east London to create meaningful improvements in health, wellbeing and equity.

Barking and Dagenham is one of the most challenged health economies in the country, with a diverse, rapidly growing and moving population. We also have some areas of high deprivation, as well as a higher number of older and younger people.

The borough has seen rapid population growth in recent years, with a population of around 218,900. This is due to a number of factors including expansion in housing developments, increasing birth rates and inward migration. The population structure has changed significantly, with large increases in the number of younger people living in the borough.

This all has an impact on the health of local people and the health and care services they need. We are working to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Barking and Dagenham, with a particular focus on improving urgent and emergency care and out of hospital care. 

Health is not something that can be tackled by the NHS alone, it is only through working together that lasting changes can be made that will benefit those living in our borough. NHS England’s Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, provided us with the framework to address the challenges as a joint health and care system and continue to build on our partnership working.

Since the beginning of 2020 we have been working closely as a north east London system to manage the effects of Covid-19 on our area, our patients and our staff. We work collectively with our partners across health and care to ensure we have the right provision in place in terms of beds, GP and community support, along with an effective vaccination programme, so that we are able to support people as close to their own homes as possible.

This has been a real test of integration and we have shown our collective strength in managing our population’s health and care, supporting each other across north east London to provide the best care and support for residents.

We want to make sure that local people across Barking and Dagenham have access to the care and support they need. We will actively seek opportunities to work alongside residents and communities to co-design solutions to some of the challenges we face. We are always keen to find out what our local communities in Barking and Dagenham think and feel about their local NHS and care services through a range of activities including surveys, focus groups and workshops, as well as through partner organisations and patient forums.

You can get involved in a variety of ways:

  • We regularly share updates with our patients and stakeholders. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive this update by email, please contact
  • You can also follow us on Twitter @NHS_BHR
  • Please email with any other NHS North East London queries, including any specific to Barking and Dagenham.
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