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​​Message from the Chair, August 2014


From this month, I will be writing a shorter and I hope snappier monthly message with the aim of giving you a very brief update on the work of the governing body and other important commissioning news. This message will replace the previous ‘message of the month’ newsletter. I hope that this format will be useful for CCG member practices and I welcome your feedback on the format and any of the content.

All practice event

Thank you to everyone who attended the All Practice Event on 8 July and thank you for your valuable contributions to our commissioning work. I was delighted that so many of you found the event beneficial (75%). We had excellent dialogue around our integrated programmes of adults, children and mental health with some emergent themes about workforce development, access to services and access to information.  This was followed by a helpful update on the primary care programme which demonstrated a strong local appetite for co-commmissioning (80% in favour). The programmes will be reporting back on how they are taking forward the work in light of these discussions. The full event report is on the website.

Governing Body meeting held in public

Our July Governing Body meeting was as full and lively as ever, with an inspiring presentation by Jane Stopher, Director of the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative (DMI), Therese Fletcher, Assistant Director and Mark Chamley, GP about the successes and legacy of the DMI in improving outcomes for people living with diabetes.  The DMI’s groundbreaking partnership approach to developing effective, high quality diabetes care has since 2010 reduced variation, promoted early detection and more successful more effective interventions, in partnership with patients, and provides a model for tackling other long-term conditions.   

The success of the CCG’s bid to the Big Lottery Fund to improve the health of Lambeth children was noted by the governing body with thanks to all those involved in the bid. For those who missed the announcement, NHS Lambeth CCG along with other local organisations, including the National Children’s Bureau, Lambeth Council, Lambeth and Southwark Public Health, and King’s Health Partners was successful in its bid for £36m from the Big Lottery Fund to improve the health of children in Lambeth. The £36 million will be used in Coldharbour, Stockwell, Tulse Hill and Vassall wards over 10 years as part of the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP).  Please see further information on the practice portal.

The governing body approved the CCG’s business plan. This sets out how we will deliver the first year of our new five year strategy, “Healthier Together”. The plan forms the basis for all of the CCG’s activities including directorate and individual objective setting and performance reviews. The governing body is responsible for ensuring delivery of the 2014/15 business plan and has delegated operational assurance of delivery against the business plan objectives to the Integrated Governance Committee, comprising all governing body members.

Governing body members also approved the general direction of the outline business case for the provision of future health services to support the major developments happening in the Nine Elms, Vauxhall area and also the plan to continue to fund the walk-in-centre at Gracefield Gardens throughout 2014/15 while we develop a future model of unscheduled and urgent care.

Full details of governing body papers are available on our public facing website.

Flagship Food Borough

Finally, I am delighted that Lambeth has been awarded £500,000 by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as part of the Flagship Food Borough initiative.

The project in Lambeth is being led by the Lambeth Food Partnership, a membership organisation open to anyone who lives or works in Lambeth and cares about improving our food. As members of the Partnership, the CCG and Lambeth Council will be supporting the initiative through their joint plans for improving health and wellbeing in Lambeth.

We will be looking at how to improve patients’ relationships with food through our integrated children’s; integrated mental health and developing primary care programmes. We will be keeping you updated and asking for your views as these programmes progress.

Hold the date – Lambeth CCGs First Annual General Meeting

Member practice representatives will be invited to the Annual General Meeting on the afternoon of the 24th September.  Further details will follow.