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​London devolution

​This week, all of London's 32 CCGs and 33 borough councils, the Mayor of London, NHS England and Public Health England signed the London Health and Care Collaborative Agreement to pave the way for a new vision of healthcare in the capital.

The agreement will enable central government and national bodies to devolve powers and funding to the London system to allow local, sub-regional and London-wide organisations to realise their vision to improve the health of Londoners.

This agreement creates a framework which brings together London’s government, the NHS and public health to:
  • Enable decisions involving London to be increasingly taken within London
  • Support Londoners to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible
  • Commission seamless health and social care and deliver integrated care to the capital
  • Maximise value from the health and care system, including London’s health and care estate
  • Ensure the health and care system is placed on a sustainable footing.
Through this, Lambeth, together with its other London partners, aims to support local people to stay as healthy and independent as they can be, to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, and to make the best use of health and care assets.  The agreement seeks to help transform the way health and care services are delivered, how they are used and how far the need for them can be reduced or prevented.

In October 2014, the London Health Commission published a high level vision for health and care in London, building on the government’s Five Year Forward View and translating it into a delivery plan for London. In March 2015, London partners - the GLA, London Councils, London CCGs, NHS England London region and Public Health England London region - collectively signed up to 10 joint aspirations and agreed to collective and individual actions to help meet the ambition to make London become the healthiest major global city.

Andrew Eyres, Chief Officer of NHS Lambeth CCG said: “London has a clear vision of better health and care for the benefit of Londoners. This agreement will enable us to work better across our partner organisations to make our vision a reality.  If decisions about London are made within the London system, they will respond more closely to the challenges and opportunities of our city and population.”

You can find out more about the agreement here.