Lambeth quality summit 2013


We have been discussing the Francis recommendations and the Department of Health response with organisations we commission and work with. We have been developing plans to make sure recommendations are translated into actions.   In order to open up some difficult but important discussions we held the Lambeth Quality Summit in partnership with Healthwatch Lambeth on 2 October 2013.  This was a multiagency event with a main purpose of considering how we could as individuals, groups, organisations, providers and commissioners work together better to improve the quality of health in Lambeth.

The objectives of the summit were to:

  • Develop a shared understanding of what actions others are taking to implement the Francis Inquiry recommendations and identify areas where by working with partners there could be a greater impact.
  • Identify areas for working together across boundaries to co-produce high quality health involving – individuals, groups, organisations, health providers and commissioners and agree next steps.
  • Agree how we can develop and embed ongoing relationships across organisational boundaries.

Around 90 participants engaged in a lively debate – and we made some great progress exploring how primarily we can prevent problems from happening, while equally ensuring that when issues do occur they are detected and acted upon quickly – and that we learn from any mistakes made across the system.

Marcia Dillon, Healthy Lifestyles Manager, at Lambeth Council said of the day:

"I gained a greater understanding of the work Healthwatch do in the borough, the ideas for improving quality within our service and how I can support other NHS services".

People were very keen to continue the dialogue and NHS Lambeth CCG are planning to continue to work with Healthwatch Lambeth to ensure this happens.

A full report of the event is available on our Publications page.​