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Improving our local health and care services

We are working together in Lambeth and Southwark to develop a new way of working across health and care. 

We have lots of great services in Lambeth and Southwark, with a range of world-class services available across our major hospital sites and in our community, supported by a strong, committed workforce. 

However, people tell us they sometimes find the health and care system difficult to navigate and it does not always respond to their needs. Different parts of the system do not always communicate as well as they could and people can feel unsupported and isolated.  

We want to move towards a system which arranges services around the individual and provides the support they need to stay or get well – whether physical, emotional or social. Local care networks will help us do this by supporting the different parts of the system to work together better.

Local care networks involve health and social care providers, voluntary sector services and local people working together to improve care by addressing all of a person’s needs. This includes self-care, wider informal family and carer support, and broader issues affecting people’s health and wellbeing, such as housing and employment.

In Southwark there are two local care networks, mirroring the geographies of GP Federations in the north and south of the borough. A joint Local Care Network Leadership Group has been established, which includes representatives from a range of organisations who work together and with other local stakeholders for the benefit of the population. 

Southwark local care networks are looking at how the range of teams that deliver community  based services can work together at a neighbourhood level (30,000-50,000 population) or at a local care network level (150,000 population). This will include primary care, district nursing teams, community mental health, adult social care, and the voluntary and community sector working together across organisational boundaries.

Learn more about local care networks in Southwark here