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Message from the Chair, September 2014

Welcome to the second update from me following our latest Governing Body meeting. This was a meeting held in public and as usual, before the main meeting, I chaired a public forum where members of the public could ask questions about the NHS in Lambeth. 
This month we had an excellent turnout at our new venue, Roots and Shoots, and people wanted to know about intermediate care in Lambeth, the results of the recent tendering process for musculo-skeletal services and changes to health services at King's Healthcare.  We see these forums as an important way of offering local people a regular opportunity to; challenge, question and collaborate on health issues that are important to them.

Staying Healthy

We heard a fascinating presentation from our Staying Healthy clinical leads Dr Raj Mitra, GP and Dr Ruth Wallis, Joint Director of Public Health where they set out progress of the Staying Healthy Programme Board.  This included a discussion on access to leisure facilities in the borough, our approach to long term conditions, diet and reducing alcohol consumption.  We had a helpful discussion on the importance of working together with the council, public health and local people on these issues. 

The Governing Body committed to support the recently developed NHS Tobacco Control statement.  The statement commits local NHS organisations who choose to sign it, to support an effective local approach to tobacco control in line with NICE guidance. We look forward to working with our partners on this.

Annual Report on Engagement

One of the main items discussed by the Governing Body was our Annual report on Engagement.  The paper sets out our approach and how we have engaged local people in our commissioning work during 2013-2014.  The paper also shows how the Governing Body ensures that services are commissioned that promote the involvement of patients in their care and treatment.  We recognise the importance of this work in addition to this being a statutory duty as a public body. These duties apply to all of us, both as GPs and commissioners.  I was particularly interested to read about the engagement work that supports our programmes including the work of the Lambeth Living Well Collaborative to improve services for people with muscle and joint problems and with bowel disease and a community engagement programme for the new West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre. This last piece of work has already resulted in 20 local volunteers being trained as navigators and health champions for their local community.

Organisational Development

The Governing Body also agreed a new Organisational Development plan for the CCG. This describes our "burning ambition" to deliver our mission and express our values through people who are competent, diverse, engaged, motivated and valued. This includes all colleagues across the CCG including everyone working in our member practices. The plan also looks at our processes and strategy and what we will all need to do to be a more efficient and focused CCG. 

Our Performance

As we do at each meeting, the Governing Body also discussed the quality of local services in our quality report and our latest performance and financial position including our highest risk areas and our plans in place to address them.  If you would like to see a copy of the full integrated governance And Performance and Quality report, it is available on the Lambeth CCG website.

Please do come along to a future meeting of the Governing Body.  Dates and venues and copies of our agenda and papers are available on the Lambeth CCG website.

HSJ Awards

Since our Board meeting I am delighted to let you know that NHS Lambeth CCG has been shortlisted as the CCG of the Year in the national HSJ Awards. We are up against five other contenders in the final stage before the final decisions are announced in November.  Just getting to the last six is a tremendous achievement for the organisation. 

Lambeth has also been shortlisted in the Improving Partnerships in Health and Local Government category. Another fabulous achievement to get to be shortlisted that recognises the breadth of work with the Council on health and wellbeing in Lambeth.

I would like to draw your attention to Healthwatch Lambeth, which will be holding its second AGM on Monday 22 September from 5.30pm preceded by a workshop from 2.30pm where Healthwatch will be presenting the findings of its review of dementia services in Clapham Park, SW4. This is an important piece of work and will help us to improve dementia care in Lambeth. Full details of both events at

And finally

Annual General Meeting, 24 September 2014, 12.30pm, Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, SE1 9NH

The theme of our first Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be clinical leadership in Lambeth and I am delighted to confirm that Dr Clare Gerada, local GP and former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners will be joining us as a keynote speaker. The event will also include a lively panel discussion with local clinicians on the impact of clinical leadership in the borough.  Please do come along and join this discussion. There will be refreshments available and time to network.‚Äč To register click here.