We are responsible for planning and buying health services for the people of Tower Hamlets 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 – Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest – we make up NHS North East London.
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 Tower Hamlets our place partnership – Tower Hamlets Together – brings together local health and social care organisations with a common ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Tower Hamlets.
The organisations that make up this partnership includes:
- The London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets
- East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)
- North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT)
- Barts Health NHS Trust
- Primary Care Networks – groups of GP practices working together with a range of local providers including social care, and the voluntary and community sector
- Tower Hamlets GP Care Group CIC
- The local community and voluntary sector
Currently, the partnership is working to improve health services in the following priority areas:
- Improving population health
- Transforming children’s services
- Improving how health and social care work together
Find out more here.
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.
Tower Hamlets is home to around 324,745 people. It has a very diverse population, including one of the largest Bangladeshi communities in the country.
Our borough is also one of the fastest growing populations in London, and we expect to see the number of people living in the borough increase by 16% by 2030. In addition, people are living longer, meaning that they need more care and support later in life. Although overall life expectancy has improved in recent years, the number of years people live in good health remains significantly below the national level.
The reasons for this are varied, but include the health impacts of higher levels of poverty, social isolation, poor air quality, lack of access to affordable healthy food and lack of green spaces. These factors are linked to low birth weight, dental decay in children, childhood obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet and high-risk lifestyle choices. These inequalities result in higher levels of physical and mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, long-term lung diseases, liver disease, tuberculosis and HIV.
While there has been some progress, there is still a long way to go to address health inequalities and improve local health outcomes, and that’s why we are working with partners as part of a place partnership to maximise the impact we can have on addressing health inequality.
We want to make sure that local people across Tower Hamlets 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 Tower Hamlets 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:
- Join your local GP practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG)
- Ask a question at our NHS North East London Board meetings
- Have your say on proposed changes to healthcare in Tower Hamlets, and across North East London
- Join the online North East London Citizens’ Panel
- Get in touch with your local Healthwatch organisation
- 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 TNW.email@example.com
- You can also follow us on Twitter @NHS_TNW
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any other NHS North East London queries, including any specific to Tower Hamlets.