Harrow CCG works with a number of partners to improve the health and wellbeing of Harrow residents.
Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon Federation of CCGs
Harrow CCG works in a federation with Brent CCG and Hillingdon CCG. Working in a federation means we can share senior posts, which saves on management costs. The CCGs work closely together on issues that affect all three CCGs, as well as sharing knowledge and experience on specific projects.
Shared teams support the three CCGs in key areas including quality, performance and finance, working alongside the local management teams to ensure our strategic objectives are achieved.
The North West London Collaboration of CCGs
We are part of the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups, which includes eight CCGs (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Central London, West London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing). We work together on a range of programmes to improve the quality of health services and share a number of support services to help deliver effective and efficient commissioning.
Harrow CCG works closely with Harrow Council on health and social care issues. Our close relationship is more important than ever as we move towards delivery of the Better Care Fund (BCF), which is a single pooled budget to support health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas.
The Health and Wellbeing Board at Harrow Council is a statutory committee of the council. The board brings together representatives from the council, the CCG and community organisations to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Harrow's population. The board is responsible for producing a joint health and wellbeing strategy.
There is no major acute hospital located in the borough of Harrow so Harrow residents mainly use Northwick Park Hospital in Brent provided by London North West Health Care NHS Trust.
Community services are largely provided by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) and mental health services for the borough are commissioned from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Healthwatch Harrow engages local people and ensures their voice is heard by influencing the planning, design and delivery of services, to improve quality, outcome and experience. It is a membership organisation and is open to anyone who is entitled to access health or adult social care services in Harrow.
Each local authority is covered by a Healthwatch, which is an independent organisation which uses the experiences that residents have of local health and social care to help shape local services. Local Healthwatch organisations receive support and guidance from Healthwatch England, which operates at a national level.
Healthwatch Harrow’s mission is “To champion concerns about health and social care provision based on focused engagement, signposting and monitoring and scrutiny activities gathered from the diverse Harrow resident, working and business community within available resources”.
They advise the Health and Wellbeing board, Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Secretary of State for Health, Monitor, the NHS Commissioning Board and the London Borough of Harrow about their findings and report to Department of Health and the Council every year. They encourage dialogue between local people using care and health services and policy makers.