We are responsible for planning and buying health services for the people of Newham, 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, 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 Newham our place partnership brings together local partners to deliver multiple improvement and transformation programmes to support residents:
- The London Borough of Newham
- 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
- Newham Health Collaborative
Our key priorities as a place partnership are still in development.
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.
Newham is home to over 350,000 people and is one of the fastest growing boroughs in London. It has a long and rich history as the most diverse London borough. The health status of people living in Newham is, in general, worse than the London average due to:
- higher mortality rates from circulatory diseases and diabetes
- lower than London average life expectancy
- high incidence of respiratory illnesses
- high incidence of mental health problems
Our borough suffers from poor air quality and fails to meet national air quality standards, which negatively affects health. This particularly impacts the old, the young and those with existing heart and lung conditions.
The borough also has one of the highest rates of physically inactive adults and one of the highest rates of obese children in London. Limiting long term illnesses are also prominent within the population.
While there has been some progress, there is still a long way to go to address health inequalities and improve local health outcomes, which is why we are working with partners as part of our place partnership to maximise the impact we can have on addressing health inequality.
We want to make sure that local people across Newham 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 Newham 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 Newham, 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also follow us on Twitter @NHS_TNW
- Please email email@example.com with any other NHS North East London queries, including any specific to Newham.