Greenwich in London

New five-year strategy from Healthier Greenwich Partnership

Healthier Greenwich Partnership, a collective bringing together partners from the NHS, social care, community and voluntary sector and the local council, has published a five-year health and wellbeing strategy setting out plans for partners to support Greenwich residents with starting well, being well, feeling well, staying well and ageing well.

Priorities listed in the plan include supporting children and young people to give them the best start in life; encouraging physical activity and healthy eating; tackling addition and dependency; supporting mental health; working to make access to healthcare equitable and ensuring effective integrated community teams in neighbourhoods; and supporting people to live fulfilling and independent lives with age.

A delivery plan is included in the strategy, with planned actions including reviewing neurodevelopment pathways to identify improvements in diagnosis and support for children with autism and ADHD; designing and implementing an adult physical activity pathway; refreshing the food poverty action plan; implementing new funding for drug and alcohol treatment; developing a “diverse and personalised range of interventions” for people experiencing mental health problems; and building relationships between primary and secondary care for connected mental health services.

Other actions include implementing a new integrated clinical health team within Greenwich’s children’s services; supporting primary care by implementing actions from the access recovery plan; setting out an approach for building an agreement between residents and the partnership with regards to roles and responsibilities for health and care; and developing commissioning processes to focus on outcomes, co-design and collaboration.

The strategy sets out four key enablers to help Healthier Greenwich Partnership achieve its aims. One enabler is strengthening the workforce through development of a “sustainable workforce model rooted in communities, with more opportunities for volunteering and flexible career opportunities”, to enable staff to work across partnerships and develop new ways of working. Others include making the most of estates; developing digital offers and planning services to match local population needs; and working with partners to pool or align budgets where possible to make best use of resources.

To read the strategy in full, please click here.

Healthier Greenwich Partnership is part of South East London ICS; we previously looked at the the ICS’s People Strategy, which shared a vision for empowering the workforce to collaborate across partnerships.

We also shared South East London ICS’s five priorities as of the end of last year, the ICS’s green plan, and board papers from earlier this year which highlighted progress and plans in young people’s mental health, maternity services, and future plans.