Partnership Southwark

People in Southwark tell us they want health and care services to be more person-centred and joined-up, and easier to access close to home. We agree. Too often people experience services that are complex and fragmented, leading to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes.

Since 2019, Partnership Southwark has been working to better join up services and support, tackle the causes of inequality, and improve the health and wellbeing of Southwark residents. We are a Local Care Partnership within the overall South East London Integrated Care System, working with other health, care and non-statutory organisations and local communities to bring together services and support at a neighbourhood level so that they do a better job of keeping people healthy and meeting their needs. This is often called “integrated community-based care”.

We focus on the groups most affected by long-standing health, social and racial inequalities. Our work is informed by engaging the community in Southwark to understand their needs, develop services and support that work for them, and empowering people to look after their own wellbeing and live longer, healthier lives, by focusing on prevention and self-management. We want Southwark to be a borough where everyone can contribute to the overarching outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for the benefit of all communities, and no one group or community is left behind.

You can contact the team at to ask a question, find out more or get involved.

Our vision – 2023 health and care plan

Our vision is to enable every part of the health and care system in Southwark to make the borough an amazing place to be born, live a full healthy life, and spend one’s final years.

With demand for health and care services continuing to rise, organisations must work together in a better, more consistent way to best support local people, meeting their needs and addressing the gaps and disconnects they experience.

On 6 July 2023, our Board approved the health and care plan for the borough setting our priorities for the next few years. The plan has been informed by public engagement work by all partners, as well as aligning with partner plans and priorities such as the Health and Wellbeing Strategy of Southwark Council and the Forward View of NHS South East London. You can read the plan here.

Who sits on our Board?

Our Strategic Board is made up of representatives from organisations within Partnership Southwark as well as representatives from the community in the borough. The Board meets six times a year in public to take decisions on behalf of the partnership. The Board also meets an additional six times a year to improve how the organisations within the partnership can work together.

Name Title Representing Voting/Non Voting
Nancy Kuchemann Partnership Southwark Co-Chair & Chair of CCPL Partnership Southwark / ICB voting
Cllr. Evelyn Akoto Partnership Southwark Co-Chair / Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing Southwark Council voting
Anood Al Samerai Director, Community Southwark Community Southwark voting
David Quirke-Thornton Strategic Director of Children’s and Adults Services Southwark Council voting
Gavin McColl (interim) PCN Clinical Director, South Southwark South Southwark PCN voting
James Lowell Place Executive Lead (from July 22) Partnership Southwark / ICB voting
Julie Lowe Site Chief Exec for Denmark Hill King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust voting
Martin Wilkinson Chief Operating Officer, Southwark (from July 22) Partnership Southwark / ICB voting
Olufemi Osonuga (interim) PCN Clinical Director, North Southwark North Southwark PCN voting
Dr Emily Finch Clinical Director South London and Muadsley NHS Foundation Trust voting
Sangeeta Leahy Director, Public Health Southwark Council voting
Sarah Austin Chief Executive Integrated & Specialist Medicine Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust voting
TBC Manager Healthwatch Southwark voting
Amanda Coyle Prog. Director Partnership Southwark Partnership Southwark / ICB (non-voting) non-voting
Ami Kanabar / Kishor Vasant Southwark LMC Co-Chairs Southwark Local Medical Committee (non-voting) non-voting
Rebecca Dallmeyer / Nigel Smith GP Federation Rep Improving Health and Quay Health GP Federations (non voting) non-voting
Sumeeta Dhir Co-Chair of Cinical and Care Professional Leads Partnership Southwark / ICB non-voting
Winnie Baffoe VCSE representative South London Mission non-voting
Cedric Whilby VCSE representative non-voting
Katy Porter Independent Lay Member non-voting