From today, South West London will become part of a new integrated health care system with the aim of reducing health inequalities in every neighbourhood.
The new scheme merges several partnerships to deliver health and care services across the area.
The six boroughs joining the new system are Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.
South West London Integrated Care System has two statutory committees – The Integrated Care Board and The Integrated Care Partnership.
The Integrated Care Board decides how the NHS budget in South West London is spent and is responsible for developing plans to improve people’s health, deliver higher quality care and create better value for money locally.
The Integrated Care Partnership is a committee that brings the NHS together with other key partners, such as local authorities, to ensure that the new system improves health and wellbeing in its area.
The Integrated Care System has four main goals:
• Helping local people live longer and healthier
• Reducing unfair health inequalities in different groups
• Making sure the NHS gets the best possible value for money •
Supporting the community by helping local people get an education or job and sharing NHS buildings and spaces
The board held its first meeting today and discussed the next steps to integrate primary care, address health inequalities in the areas and look for ways to improve care through population health management.
Millie Banerjee CBE, Chair of South West London Integrated Care System, said: “We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all residents of South West London.
“We will focus in particular on reducing health inequalities or unfair health inequalities in different groups within our six boroughs.
“By working with our partners we can do more to support people to live healthier and happier lives, prevent health problems and keep people independent longer.”
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, Co-Chair of South West London Integrated Care Partnership, said: “Our partnership which has worked in recent years to bring health and care together for the benefit of local people continues to grow stronger, but we know there is so much more we can accomplish.
“By working together, we can do more to help people live healthier and happier lives, prevent illness and help people live independently for longer.
“We can also take action together to tackle the broader determinants of health, such as jobs, housing, education and our environment.
“We know that these factors have a major impact on our physical and mental health.”