Community update
Wednesday 13 December 2023

Welcome to our community update. This is NHS North West London's newsletter for local community and voluntary groups.

We would encourage you to help us by sharing the relevant content in your community newsletters and email updates aimed at your members and residents. You may also use this wording in social media posts. Images and some campaign materials in different languages are available on our resources page.

Future of healthcare blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new blog from system leaders across NW London Integrated Care System. The purpose of these articles is to stimulate debate as we look at the challenges and opportunities we face in the years ahead. The opening blog from our Chair, Penny Dash, sets the scene looking at the big changes we need to make. You can find it here.

Community-based specialist palliative care

NW London residents are currently being asked to provide feedback on potential service options for delivery of the new model of care for adult (18+) community-based specialist palliative care.

A series of webinars have been held at both a NW London and borough level to discuss the potential options, where local residents have been able to provide feedback, ask questions and make suggestions of there own.  People are also able to provide feedback via a simple survey.

Learn more about community-based specialist palliative care.

NW London Integrated System update

The November 2023 issue of NW London Integrated System update has been published.  Aimed at partners across NW London, it provides a comprehensive update that covers programme and service developments at both a NW London and borough level.

Asthma support tool – highly commended - HSJ Awards

We are delighted to announce that the London Asthma Decision Support tool (LADS) – a collaboration between NW London Integrated Care System (ICS), South East London ICS, Imperial College Health Partners, Imperial College London, and Vizify – was highly commended in the Data-Driven Transformation Award at the 2023 HSJ Awards.

The LADS tool brings together air pollution, demographic and social deprivation data with routinely collected NHS data for the first time ever. Linking data in this way not only allows clinical teams to intervene much earlier in the patient pathway and improve outcomes, but also to focus on identifying and investigating areas of health inequity across the capital. This tool is built on the whole systems integrated care (WSIC) platform and maximised the capabilities of the linked, longitudinal data to take a population health management approach.

Learn more about the London Asthma Decision Support tool here.

Order and collect your prescriptions ahead of the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays

It is important to order and collect your prescriptions ahead of the Christmas and New Year breaks. This is because Bank Holidays can affect the opening hours of local pharmacies. 

Find out more here.

Women’s health in NW London - what are you experiences?

We are looking for insight from women who live in NW London about women’s health and well-being services and experiences. We want to better understand the unique challenges and experiences that women face in their healthcare journeys. Share your thoughts and experiences through our survey. 

Responses are confidential and the information provided will be used for NHS research purposes only. Sharing experiences will help us to understand the challenges women face in their healthcare journeys and how we can improve the quality of services for them. 

Click here to complete the survey.

Please share the survey link with those it may be relevant to. 

Consultation launched on acute mental health services in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea

Residents of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea are being asked for their views on the future shape of services in their boroughs for adults aged 18 to 65 with acute mental health needs. A public consultation has launched and will conclude at the end of January 2024. 

The consultation will look at getting the right balance between community-based provision and inpatient beds in the two boroughs. NHS NW London and Central and North West London Foundation NHS Trust (CNWL) have worked with service users, clinical experts, the Met Police, local voluntary sector bodies and local residents to develop options for future provision.

We have set out our preferred option. Read about it here and tell us your views.