Partnership keeps community involvement at heart of Newham's healthcare services
Healthcare services in Newham will be shaped by the views of local people under a new partnership that ensures community involvement remains at the heart of local NHS planning.
NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has agreed a three-year partnership with Intelligent Health and local partners to provide patient and public engagement services across the borough.
Under the contract, Intelligent Health, working closely with the West Ham United Foundation and Staywell Partnership, will support the CCG to continue engaging with, and involving, local people in its work to improve health and wellbeing in the borough.
Dr Prakash Chandra, a local GP and chair of Newham CCG, said: “Community involvement is at the heart of our work so we are delighted to announce our partnership with Intelligent Health who, along with the West Ham United Foundation and Staywell Partnership, we have worked closely with for a while now, including on initiatives such as Beat the Street and Newham Community Prescription.
“Through our community ownership of health approach, we have always been committed to working with local community organisations and our patients to transform and develop healthcare services in Newham.
“This new partnership will enable us to build on this work and harness the enthusiasm, energy and knowledge of local people to bring about change.
“It is our belief that the NHS can only tackle health inequality and improve health outcomes by working in equal partnership with patients, the third sector and our other partners.”
Under the contract agreed by the CCG’s governing body, the partnership will focus on areas such as providing a patient and public voice platform to enable patients to have their say about the way Newham CCG buys local health services, and growing the engagement of patient participation groups in every practice across the borough.
Dr William Bird, CEO and founder of Intelligent Health, said “We are delighted to be cementing our partnership with NHS Newham CCG. They have long been forward thinking in their approach to community participation and the importance of physical activity for people’s wellbeing”
Joe Lyons, Chief Executive of West Ham United Foundation, said: “We are looking forward to continuing to build on our success, working with Intelligent Health and Staywell Partnership to ensure local voices are at the heart of delivering improved patient care”.
Intelligent Health is a specialist organisation dedicated to increasing physical activity and improving the health of communities around the world. It has worked with a number of other CCGs and local authorities on a range of initiatives including the Beat the Street walking and cycling challenge.
West Ham United Foundation promotes health and wellbeing through community participation in sports, tackling exclusion and poverty and advancing the education of children and young people.
Staywell Partnership works to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Newham.