The Healthy London Partnership – the first step towards a healthier London
Earlier this year NHS Wandsworth CCG with NHS England and the other 31 London clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) launched Healthy London Partnership. It builds on the work of the London Health Commission with a plan to make London the world's healthiest global city. The aim is to take London from seventh in the global healthy city rankings to the number one spot.
Graham Mackenzie, Chief Officer at Wandsworth CCG said: "It is vital that we enable Londoners to play a fuller role in their own health care. We want healthy choices like exercise, good diet and reducing the harm caused by smoking and alcohol to be easier to make, as well as ensuring excellent health services, designed around patients' needs, are there for everyone. There are plenty of great ideas and practice in London, Healthy London Partnership is an exciting opportunity to share with other London boroughs what we know works and learn from their experiences too."
Dr Anne Rainsberry, Regional Director of NHS England, said: "Collaborative working is well underway at local level with GPs and health care workers, social care and public health teams delivering high quality care. Working together, we have made huge progress to raise the quality and safety of care, reduce waiting times and improve access to services but there is a lot of work yet to be done. London is already home to numerous centres of excellence in treatment, research and training and I strongly believe we can build on this even further."
There's a role for all Londoners in helping to make the capital the healthiest it can be. Many people have already been involved in research – a series of discussions and polls – for the London Health Commission. We will be involving more people as the work progresses. To register for updates and take part in online discussions, go to Talk London's health pages. You'll be able to keep track of what is going on and share your thoughts. We'd love to have your input.