London Health Board

The new London Health Board board met for the first time in May 2013 and will meet quarlerly. It builds on the experience and learning from the previosu London Health Improvement Board which ceased to exist on 31 March 2013.

Membership is made up of three parts: five Leaders of London local authorities, the Mayor and four Mayoral appointees and five senior representatives from the Health Sector in the capital from NHS England, Public Health England, the London-wide Clinical Commissioning Council – representing London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), one of the London Academic Health Sciences Network Director and the London Clinical Senate.

Priorities
The London health Board has agreed the following priorities for 2013/14

  • Making the case for London
  • Improving primary care
  • Enhancing patient experience through data transparency and digital access to information
  • Improving mental health services

The Board has also acknowledged the challenge of tackling childhood obesity and recongised that most of the work in this area is locally driven.

For more information including the minutes and papers of the meetings please visit the London Health Board website.

Background

The shadow LHIB, which was focused solely around public health, ceased to exist from 31 March 2013.LHIB was established in 2011 in partnership by London Councils, the NHS and the Mayor, with support from then Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley. It aimed to address key health challenges for London where this would add value to public health work already underway, including at borough level.

LHIB began operating initially in shadow form during 2012/13, its developmental year with £2m funding from NHS London.  LHIB agreed four priority areas for early action:

  • Alcohol misuse;
  • Childhood obesity;
  • Cancer prevention and early diagnosis;
  • Information transparency to drive health improvement and patient choice.

These four priorities were selected based on a review of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments of the 32 boroughs and the City of London, the pan London Health Inequalities Strategy and consideration of criteria set out by LHIB members.

A summary of achievements is available to download below.