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​BIG Lambeth Health Debate


During the last couple of months we have been holding the ‘BIG Lambeth Health Debate’  - a series of conversations with local people to help inform and shape our thinking as we develop our new five year commissioning plan for health in Lambeth from April 2014.  Many of you have taken the opportunity to participate in the discussions and to feed in ideas, both big and small, all of which have contributed to the wider debate. Infact we heard from hundreds of local people – both in person at a wide variety of events and groups, through written surveys and on our online forum and survey.

The debate looked at four key areas:

Innovation - doing things differently, new ideas, new ways of working, learning from elsewhere

Making NHS money work harder – getting more for less, investing differently, reducing ‘waste’

Prevention – keeping people healthier for longer, detecting ill health earlier, supporting people with health problems to live well

Integration - working together across different parts of the NHS and with social care to meet people’s complex needs.

To mark the end of this stage of our engagement we held an event on Friday 18 October at We are 336 (formerly Lambeth Accord), where we invited many of the people who have contributed to the debate.  We shared what we’ve heard, and outlined our next steps in developing a 5-year plan for health in Lambeth.  

We heard strong support for a focus on prevention and the need for a different way of working with people and communities.

Financial concerns are a priority, and we have heard that there are opportunities for securing better value for money that we should explore.

People have told us that that they often find services aren’t working together closely enough and have challenged us to make integration real.

There was also concern about variation in access to services, quality, safety and outcomes, so we know that we need to ensure all our services are of the highest quality.

Some of your suggestions are challenging.  Should we ensure people ‘stop before the op’ by making surgery dependent on whether patients have taken up offers of support to quit smoking or lose weight. If we commit to spend money on your healthcare, should you have to commit to taking steps towards better health? 

Your feedback has helped us to define a new strategic vision that is:

  • People-centred co-producing services and enabling self- management
  • Prevention-focused enabling people to live longer and healthier lives
  •  Integrated reducing boundaries and barriers to care
  • Consistent reducing variation and variability in access and provision
  • Innovative using 21st Century technologies for better services, information and to promote choice
  • Value for money living within our means and using resources well

These are the kinds of BIG issues that we have heard, and our job now is to turn our vision into reality – we need to ‘make it happen’.

We continue to welcome the feedback of Lambeth people, and there are a range of ways that you can share your views.

You could join the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at your GP surgery – just ask at reception about their next meeting. You can also become a member of Healthwatch Lambeth, the local ‘watchdog’ body for health who can hear your views and contact healthcare providers and commissioners about your concerns, and also discuss these with us.

You can of course always speak directly to the health services you are using to give your views about health services. You can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison  (PALS)  team of hospitals and community health services, to share concerns and compliments.

As opportunities to be involved come up we will update our website, so please visit