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WCN health & wellbeing news update

On this page, we'll feature all the latest news that's relevant to the health & wellbeing sector in Westminster.

Westminster's Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017 - 2022

Westminster's Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017 - 2022

The Health and Wellbeing board has published its Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Westminster for 2017-2022. This is a strategy for everybody who lives in, works in and visits Westminster. It sets out how people, public services, businesses and voluntary and community groups will all play their part in creating a city in which everyone has access to the best opportunities to be healthy and well. Click on the link directly below to read the full study.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2017-2022

Health and Wellbeing Board

Health and Wellbeing Board

At a recent meeting of the Westminster Health and Wellbeing Board the following papers were distributed outlining, among a variety of topics, the NHS five-year strategic vision and NHS Planning Guidance that  asks all health and care systems to create comprehensive local blueprints for implementing and delivering the priorities of the five-year forward view.

Also available below are two interesting reports:

  • The Kings Fund – Place Based Systems of Care (2015) details how the NHS and local government  can  address the increasing pressures on health and wellbeing
  • The Kings Fund – Integrated Care – Improving Outcomes by Working Together (2012)  proposes that integrated care is essential for meeting demographic challenges faced by the NHS and local government.

PROGRESS WITH NHS SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANS

PROGRESS WITH NHS SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANS

The NHS’s plans to implement a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations is taking shape. To implement these proposed plans, every health and care system in England will produce a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years – ultimately delivering the Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

Below you can click on three attachments for more detailed information.

How are STPs BEING DEVELOPED IN PRACTICE

How are STPs BEING DEVELOPED IN PRACTICE

STPs explained

NUFFIELD TRUST ON How the STP plans are coming together

Update on Accountable Care Partnerships

Update on Accountable Care Partnerships

At a recent Tri-borough health transformation event on 27 October, those attending were given a useful update on Accountable Care Partnerships (ACPs) in the Tri-Borough. Here is a report of the meeting’s thoughts on the matter:

The concept behind an ACP is that a group of providers agree to work together to deliver care for a defined population by forming an ACP.  They will be collectively responsible for commissioning services to deliver against a set of outcomes, designed by the ACP. Providers will work under a single contract with a single pooled budget to take joint responsibility for delivering services.

The NHS needs to put in place new ways of commissioning and paying for care. This includes longer term, outcomes-based contracts and the use of budgets that cover the health care needs of a defined population (‘capitated budgets’) rather than payment according to the number of patients seen or treated (‘payment by results’). Commissioning would need to be integrated to facilitate the development of integrated models of care.

In north west London the ACP framework is being developed for the CWHHE collaborative area which covers Central London, West London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing CCGs, and will build on the whole systems model.  The approach will be 'One System, One Budget, Better Outcomes'.

ACPs are beginning to form most actively in Brent, Hillingdon and the Tri-Borough CCGs. A contracting approach to support ACP formation was embedded in the 16/17 contracting round, centring on open discussions, commissioning for outcomes, two-year contracts, financial stability, and jointly shared incentive payments.

New 'dementia atlas' reveals disparity in care across England

New 'dementia atlas' reveals disparity in care across England

People with dementia are being let down by local services across the country, according to new government data that critics say has revealed a postcode lottery in care for the chronic and degenerative brain disease. An interactive 'dementia atlas', published by the Department of Health, shows that standards of care vary widely in different areas, with services failing to reach almost half the patients for check-ups even once a year in one area.

New service from Citizens Advice Westminster

New service from Citizens Advice Westminster

Are you a Westminster resident with a disability, or long-term health condition and need help with your benefits, debt, housing or health and care needs? 

As part of Citizens Advice Westminster's Health Inclusion project, a healthy living adviser sees clients at the Millbank Medical Centre on Fridays and also visits different locations around Westminster, so it’s an easy service to access.

The things that can be helped through it include:

  • Benefits problems
  • Health and care needs
  • Debt and money problems
  • Housing and homelessness problems
  • Employment issues and difficulties with finding work

It's easy to access the Health Inclusion project. Simply contact your GP to book an appointment, or complete the Citizens Advice Westminster On-line Enquiry form as fully as possible.

At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities

At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities

This new report from the Realising the Value consortium explores the value of people and communities at the heart of health, in support of the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. 

VCSE review

VCSE review

The government’s report on how voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations contribute to wellbeing, health and care is now available to read here.

New Mental Health Emergency Number

New Mental Health Emergency Number

For those in urgent need of support for mental health crises, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust has launched a single point of access telephone number, which replaces existing local referral points into adult mental health services in the north-west London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

The trust recommends that people first ring their GPs, but if this is not possible to call:

0800 0234 650

This number is available 24 hours a day , seven days a week 365 days a year for information, support and advice.