Tackling inequalities to be key goal of NHS and local authorities including Hounslow

Today a new partnership of local NHS and eight NW London local authorities have launched a report setting out startling health inequalities across North West London.

Published: Tuesday, 12th July 2022

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Hounslow Council will work in tandem with the NHS and other local authorities to better tackle these inequalities through a new Integrated Care System (ICS), which became a statutory partnership on Friday 1 July.

In the coming months, community conversations will be set up in each borough to discuss these issues with residents, who will be asked to help shape the future of healthcare in North West London.

Niall Bolger, Chief Executive of Hounslow Council and joint Senior Responsible Officer for the North West London population health and inequalities strategy, said:

“We have talked about addressing health inequalities for 30 years without making real progress. The passion with which local authorities and health service colleagues are now approaching this issue and putting it at the heart of our decision-making is really encouraging. ​

“To really change the way we work, we need to ask our residents what matters to them, how we can work with them to deliver healthier communities and better outcomes.  

“To succeed, the ICS will need to build real understanding through first-hand insights from our residents and communities – insights that will help identify and remove barriers to health equality across North West London.”

Hounslow has eleven neighbourhoods ranked among the most deprived 20% in England, and the prevalence of health conditions like diabetes is greatest in ethnically diverse communities within the borough with 66.1% of residents with type 2 diabetes are of minority ethnic origin (2020/21) up from  61.9% in 2015/16. This is significantly higher than England’s 21.6% average (2020/21).

Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive of West London NHS Trust and joint Senior Responsible Officer for the North West London population health and inequalities strategy, said:

“This has to be the start of doing things differently. The variation in access, health outcomes and life expectancy between and within different areas across our eight boroughs is unacceptable. The NHS can’t solve these issues alone – we need to work with local councils, residents, the voluntary sector, Healthwatch and others if we are to develop a plan that truly meets people’s needs.”

Community conversations are being set up in each borough over the next few months – open sessions which all residents are welcome to attend and talk to health and care staff about their experience and what matters to them

The sessions are expected to start in September and will be advertised in due course.

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