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London Health Board

The London Health Board (LHB) is a non-statutory group chaired by the Mayor of London comprising elected leaders and key London professional health leads. It was set up in 2013 and has been refocused in light of the London Health Commission's Better Health for London report and the NHS Five Year Forward View

The refocused London Health Board met for the first time in March 2015 and will meet quarterly.

Membership is made up of three parts: 

Our goals

The aim of the Board is to:

  • drive improvements in London’s health and care and  reduce health inequalities
  • encourage the ambition to make London the healthiest global city
  • make the case for investment, power and freedoms to enable the improvement of health and care services and wider issues that effect health in London
  • consider ways of supporting and accelerating the transformation of health and care services in the capital
  • champion public participation in health and support more choice and accountability in health and care services

The London Health Board partner organisations have secured and signed the
London Health and Care Devolution Agreement, meaning that the city will have more control over its healthcare services. They will provide political support as the work develops.

Learn more about London Health and Care Devolution.

Better Health for London

The Mayor set up the London Health Commission in 2013 to find ways to improve health and healthcare services in the city - chaired by Professor the Lord Darzi. The commission engaged with over 15,000 Londoners - here are just a few of their thoughts on making London healthier.

The following year, the Commission published the Better Health for London report, which makes a number of recommendations to improve the health of the city. (You can also find out more in the Mayor's response to the London Health Commission.)

The London Health Board partners have been working together to support Better Health London, outlining and actioning their next steps.

In 2015, The LHB partners published Better Health for London: One Year On - celebrating the work that has made London a healthier city. The Board will continue to support the Commission's goals and recommendations for a healthier London.

Below is a short film looking at the work done in London, one year on from the London Health Commission's bid to make the city and our lives healthier.

Meetings and events

The Board meets four times a year, as well as hosting an annual engagement event (these are non-public). The Board agreed updated terms of reference in December 2016 and have met / will meet on the dates listed below. Select a date to view each meeting's published agendas and minutes.

2018

London Health Board conference 2018

On 25 October health and care leaders came together to renew their joint commitment to make London the healthiest city in the world.

They also discussed the challenges ahead and highlighted the importance of collaboration between health services, local authorities, voluntary partners and local communities to share learning, pool resources and build on good practice to transform the way Londoners receive care.

'Working Together To Make London The World's Healthiest City' was premiered at the conference and features a number of initiatives and interventions taking place across London. You can watch a webcast of the event at the link at the bottom of the page. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, refreshed his vision for health and care and drawing on his health in all policies approach intended to provide Londoners with the best opportunities to live long lives in good health.

“London has the potential to be the world’s healthiest global city. To achieve this, and to address the many challenges we face, I believe that London needs a fresh vision for health and care.  A vision that partners across London can unite behind. 

“My Health Inequalities Strategy, published earlier this month, is based on this principle: people’s circumstances are not set in stone; therefore the health inequalities caused by these circumstances are not set in stone either.”

In his keynote address Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England, welcomed the work of the London Health Board and emphasised the importance of working collaboratively to address London's health inequalities.

“The [partnership] agenda is central to what we’ve got to do, not just in London, but across the country as a whole as we shape the long-term plan for the NHS. 

“Despite our progress… we still have significant inequalities and substantial differences in outcomes in the performance of the health service. We know the downstream consequences of ill health can more effectively be tackled if the NHS took a more activist role with our partners upstream in the determinants of health. 

“The fact is we will make the NHS pound go further if we ensure much of the avoidable illness burden is tackled at source and we can only do that with our partners and that is what the NHS is committed to do.”

Contact

For any queries relating to the London Health Board please contact:
Gus Wilson, LHB Secretariat Manager by email or tel 020 7983 4120.