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The south west London Collaborative Commissioning's (SWLCC) partnership’s role as the strategic planning group for south west London is to continue beyond the life of the five-year strategy currently being developed.

In 2014, following an NHS England consultation called A Call to Action, a Strategic Planning Group (SPG) was set up in each NHS region in England and SWLCC is the SPG for south west London. It has responsibility for planning long-term service change to address the challenges facing the local NHS. Earlier this year, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) agreed to use the SPG to manage new joint initiatives such as primary care co-commissioning and delegated commissioning.

Dr Chris Elliott, Sutton GP and Senior Responsible Officer for the programme, said:
“It is clear that the CCGs can and do achieve a great deal in their own boroughs - but there are also a number of areas that cross borough boundaries. We need to work together on these for the benefit of all our patients.

“The mechanisms for joint working are already in place through the SWLCC programme. We will again publish joint commissioning intentions for south west London this year and, in line with the NHS 5 Year Forward View we expect to continue to work collaboratively on certain issues in the years ahead.

“We will therefore maintain our in-house SWLCC team indefinitely and we are in the process of recruiting to permanent roles working across the six CCGs.

“Our principle has always been that we work at local borough level where possible and jointly across south west London where necessary – this will continue.”


Local NHS calls for debate on future services

As reported last month, all of the clinical commissioning groups and provider Trusts in south west London have jointly published an Issues Paper, setting out the challenges faced by the local health service, some of the emerging ideas to tackle them and some questions for local people to respond to.

Local people and organisations are strongly encouraged to respond, so that we can take your views into account as our plans develop.

How can people get involved? 
The full version and the shorter summary of the Issues Paper, plus an Easy Read version, are available on our website - click below to read and respond.

  • Use the contact details in our Issues Paper to respond to the questions it raises on our website or in writing.
  • If you hold meetings, invite us along to discuss these issues in person.
  • If you have staff or networks, send them our Issues Paper and encourage them to respond.
  • If you have a website or social media account, draw attention the debate.
  • If you want to find out more, visit our website at

New scheme aims to increase ambulatory emergency care 

Local CCGs have committed £12,000 to a project which aims to increase ambulatory emergency care in south west London.

Ambulatory Emergency Care (sometimes called AEC) is a new service which provides same day emergency care to patients at our hospitals. This means that patients are assessed, diagnosed, treated and are able to go home the same day, without needing to be admitted to hospital overnight.

We know that this type of care is not delivered enough in SWL at the moment. Our aim is to reach the level of AEC recommended by the Royal College of Physicians, which is for 20-30% of all non-elective admissions to hospital.

The CCGs will be supported in this endeavour by the AEC network, a national body that has worked with every active AEC site in the country and has significant expertise in addressing operational barriers, measuring potential demand and overcoming technical issues around the coding and interpretation of data.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, local GP, Assistant Clinical Chair of Croydon CCG and a member of the Urgent and Emergency Care Clinical Design Group, said:

“The evidence suggests that increasing the availability of AEC leads to fewer cancellations due to bed capacity and better outcomes for patients. It especially improves patient experience, due to more timely and predictable diagnosis and treatment and patients not facing an inconvenient and possibly dangerous spell in hospital. In addition, it means hospitals perform better against their four-hour waiting target so that patients are seen quicker. It also frees up extra bed capacity for times when more patients are admitted to hospital, such as during the winter months.

“A significant increase in the volumes of AEC taking place in SW London is a key element of our five-year strategy. By involving the AEC Network, we can ensure that each hospital is supported to explore and overcome barriers to increasing AEC in our hospitals.”



SWL Primary Care Co-commissioning Joint Committee – 3rd September 2015

Date & Time: Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 3:00PM

Venue: Richard Mayo Centre, Kingston Reformed Church, Eden Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1HZ (7 minute walk from Kingston Station also accessible by bus on the following routes 458, 459, 514, 515)

Five copies of the papers will be made available at the meeting on a first come, first serve basis.

Papers can be found online here


Out of Hospital Staffing Change 

There are some changes in staffing to support Out of Hospital work at SW London Collaborative Commissioning taking place at the end of this week and we are keen to ensure a smooth handover to those staff coming in to support the next phase of work on Out of Hospital.

Lizzy Warrington is leaving to take up a new role as Integrated Care lead for Poole Hospital. We have very much appreciated Lizzy’s hard work and commitment to developing the work over the last 9 months and we wish her all best wishes for this new post and a good choice of location!

The team taking over is expanding and Lizzy is replaced by Claire Marsham who is already in post and by Jennifer Beharry in an interim role starting this week. This full time post is currently being  re-advertised.

Ginny Morley is also stopping work on OOH this week but will be staying on to continue work on Transforming Primary Care until the end September.  Ginny’s role on OOH for SW London will be undertaken by Joanne Devlin from PWC until a new appointment is made.

In addition Gurvinder Chana is starting with us next week on the 1st September replacing Clive Allanso as Governance Lead and will be leading on all governance for the team as well as running the SWL Joint Committee. Clive’s last day will be on the 7th September.

We would like to say a big thank you to Ginny, Lizzy and Clive for all of their work over the past 6-9 months they will be missed and also a big hello to all the new starters which have and are coming in.