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​Community based care: making a difference for Southwark residents

Community based care was in the spotlight at NHS Southwark CCG's annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday 30 August.

The CCG plans and pays for health services in the borough, and its AGM gives patients and partners a chance to listen to what progress has been made over the past 12 months, and the CCG's plans for the year ahead.

The AGM's key theme was community based care. This is the plan to improve health, wellbeing and the management of long-term conditions by making sure services are better connected and more consistent across Southwark and south east London.

Key to this is developing and strengthening relationships with partners—including other CCGs, local authorities, hospital trusts, community services and the voluntary sector—to take a joined-up approach to planning and delivering services.

The AGM opened with presentations on the CCG's accounts and key achievements over the past 12 months.

This was followed by a more in-depth look at the community based care programme and how this works in practice, with presentations on three specific enabling projects: 

  • Developing a network of community health hubs
  • Delivering digital innovations in healthcare
  • Tackling health inequalities by reducing variations in care

Speaking after the AGM, CCG Chair, Dr Jonty Heaversedge, said: "Our vision as a CCG is one of community based care: a reimagining of the way in which we provide care and support people to stay healthy for longer. 

"It's an ambitious plan, and one that requires a system-wide approach. Partnerships are crucial if we are to better connect services and take new approaches to improving people's health and wellbeing.

"Our AGM offered a flavour of how we are already doing this—through our Local Care Networks, for example, and by working with Southwark Council to produce joint approaches to mental health and wellbeing, and how we can plan services together.  

"The AGM also showed once again the resilience and positivity of staff across the NHS and our partner organisations—those who we rely on to actually deliver our plans. I'm immensely proud of everyone who continues to work determinedly, in very challenging circumstances, to improve health outcomes for local people."

Read more from the CCG's AGM, including the agenda, presentations and minutes.