We have oversight and leadership for the NHS in London and commission more than £15bn of services for the 8.17 million people living in the capital. These include general practitioners (GP) and over 140 specialised services such as:
Some NHS services in London are world class with excellent care being provided in some of the best hospitals and community settings. However, the NHS in London also faces many significant challenges including:
To make your experience of health and care safe, high quality and personal to you, we work in partnership with:
A number of priority areas need to improve to transform the health, wellbeing and lives of Londoners. Our priorities are:
As your first point of contact with the NHS, we want to make it easier and faster for you to see your GP so we are working closely with GP practices and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to improve the quality and efficiency of service you receive. This includes working with GPs to improve their out-of-hours service, reducing waiting times for appointments and making quality standards consistent throughout the capital.
Cancer services are being transformed through our work with the London Cancer Alliance and London Cancer – NHS, academic health science centres, and voluntary sector partnerships – and a Cancer Commissioning Board. We will detect more cancers earlier by raising public awareness with our ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign, cancer pop-up shops and the recruitment of cancer activists – volunteers trained to talk about cancer within their local communities. With GPs, we are also developing three best practice, early detection care pathways for ovarian, lung and colorectal cancers to help make further improvements to patient outcomes and experience.
More than one million Londoners have a mental health condition. Our aim is to get better at preventing mental illness, especially in the early years, and build resilience in young people. We want to integrate mental health and physical healthcare to ensure that people with long-term conditions, who also have mental health conditions, are supported appropriately. We will continue providing appropriate healthcare services in the Criminal Justice System.
Dementia is a big priority – we are working to ensure dementia patients receive the best care when they see a specialist, their GP, attend A&E, or another community-based healthcare provider. We are working across all areas of the NHS to ensure that patients with dementia live well whether at home or in a care home.
We oversee any substantial changes to services in the capital and ensure they offer clear health benefits and are based on sound clinical evidence. For instance, we know that patients get better results for some treatments if services are centralised onto fewer larger sites and they have access to staff with specialist skills and the best equipment. We are currently working with Trusts and CCGs on five NHS reconfiguration projects.
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