Joint LB Hounslow and NHS initiative to tackle health inequalities

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Eleven neighbourhoods in Hounslow among most deprived in England

LB Hounslow are working with the NHS on a new ‘Integrated Care System’ which they hope will help to better tackle health inequalities in the borough.

Hounslow has eleven neighbourhoods ranked among the most deprived 20% in England. It also has ethnically diverse communities. People from Black African, African Caribbean and South Asian backgrounds are at more risk of developing type 2 diabetes at a young age than their counterparts in the white population.

The majority of residents with type 2 diabetes are of minority ethnic origin – 66.1% in 2020/21, an increase of nearly five percent since 2016/16, when the figure was 61.9%. This is significantly higher than the average for the whole of England –  21.6% in 2020/21.

In the coming months a ‘community conversation” will be set up in the borough to discuss this and similar issues with residents, who will be asked to ‘help shape the future of healthcare in west London’. The community conversations will be open sessions – meaning all residents are welcome to attend and talk to health and care staff about their experience and what matters to them. 

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

“This has to be the start of doing things differently” says NHS Chief

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.”

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.”

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