Lewisham Health and Care Partnership consists of the organisations and people who are working together to change health and care in Lewisham for the better. These include Lewisham Council, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Hospital Trust, One Health Lewisham, General Practice, Healthwatch Lewisham and SEL ICS.
Our pandemic response highlighted the importance of local relationships in improving outcomes and showed the strengths of Lewisham’s people and communities, including significant levels of civic energy, a willingness to get involved in supporting better health and wellbeing for all, and the potential to engage in new ways. However, it also highlighted the ongoing inequalities across Lewisham and the complexity of or local systems which can challenge our ability to engage effectively with our many and diverse people and communities.
In December 2021, Lewisham Health and Care Partnership started work on co-developing a new model of engaging with people and communities in Lewisham.
It involved individuals, communities, voluntary organisations, patient representatives, community champions, Lewisham Healthwatch, young mayors, health fellows along with members of Lewisham Health and Care Partnership.
In May 2022 recommendations were approved by the Lewisham Health and Care Partnership Board agreeing to a new, shared model of engagement and to the establishment of a formal and public subcommittee of the Lewisham Health and Care Partnership Board – Lewisham People’s Partnership – to enable local people and communities to be supported in exercising power as equal partners in future change.