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.
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:
- NHS North East London
- The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
- North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT)
- Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT)
- Primary care networks – groups of GP practices working together with a range of local providers including social care, and the voluntary and community sector
- Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham
- The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector
Our key priorities as a place partnership are:
- Addressing long term conditions (adults and children) to increase early diagnosis through targeted action to find the missing cases
- Addressing obesity and smoking
- Enabling children to get the Best start in life including through enabling a healthy pregnancy and developmental support; diagnosis and support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and childrens mental health and wellbeing. We are working to set up three locality-based Family Hubs as the focus for integrated working across the system and Family Hub networks in the borough.
- Addressing domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences
- Developing our role as anchor institutions – delivering a Health in all Policies approach within all council responsibilities, in particularly in its inclusive growth agenda, its role in enabling training, education and skills development, employment, housing, climate change
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.
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:
- Barking and Dagenham’s Patient Engagement Forum (PEF) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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 Barking and Dagenham, 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 email@example.com
- You can also follow us on Twitter @NHS_NELondon
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any other NHS North East London queries, including any specific to Barking and Dagenham.