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Message from the Chair, January 2015

We tried out a new venue for January's governing body meeting. Bolney Meadow Community Centre worked well in terms of location and facilities and we'll be considering whether we use it for future meetings.  At the request of people attending our meetings, we also introduced the use of microphones. We hope that this helped all attending to follow the discussions more easily.

The public forum was well attended and covered a range of topics including travel to the Akerman Centre, Careline, an update from the PPG Network on a proposal to develop information screens across practices, locality care networks and the development of three Lambeth federations, shingles and how we can make better connections with voluntary organisations.

The formal part of the meeting started with a fantastic presentation from Paul Heenan, Lambeth GP and one of our governing body clinical leads for mental health and Denis O'Rourke assistant director for mental health commissioning.  Paul and Denis talked about Lambeth's Living Well Collaborative and alliance contracting. Using patient stories Denis and Paul demonstrated the benefits of developing contracts with an alliance of organisations to deliver more person-centred care.

The governing body supported the mental health alliance contract proposal which was then presented for decision by Paul.

Paul was a leading light in this month's meeting as a number of his areas were the focus of decisions. Paul took us through the equalities impact assessment on our five year strategy and the continuing work on the equality delivery system. The governing body also signed off our equalities compliance statement. Having done some significant work on equality over the past months, including an important stakeholder event, we are now working towards having a new equalities strategy in place for April 2015. As part of this, the CCG programme boards are considering what the equality objectives for 2015/16 should be. Lambeth CCG and the London Borough of Lambeth have also started a piece of work that looks at the potential to have some joint equality objectives and there will be further stakeholder engagement in the spring.

The final discussion was about our financial performance, the top line being that the CCG was underspend by £4.434m at the end of December 2014 and is forecasting a year end surplus of £5.912m in line with the revised 1% Operational Plan surplus.

You can find the papers from this meeting on our Governing body meetings and papers page.

Finally...

We were delighted to welcome 47 of 48 practices to the All Practice Event on 20 January. The main focus this time was our opportunities for working more collaboratively and in particular with the local authority through the Better Care Fund and with NHS England and other CCGs for the commissioning of primary care. The output of our discussion has informed an application to NHS England to amend our local constitution. At every event we also test some new approaches. This time we piloted a twitter wall - follow the discussions on #APEjan2015.