North Central London (NCL) is a complex landscape of five clinical commissioning groups, five local authorities and 12 acute, community, mental health and specialist providers which had until recently no shared digital strategy. Digital maturity across the health and care system is therefore variable and information exchange across the whole system is limited.
Although individual organisations have collaborated on digital projects, working collectively across all organisations remains a relatively new endeavour and we continue to build the trust required to enable us to do so. This is reflected in a number of local achievements, but no current whole system projects.
Twenty two healthcare partner organisations and the North East London Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU) have come together to agree how we can use digital technologies and information to move from our current models of care to deliver proactive, predictive, participatory, person-centred care for the population we serve in NCL. This has been outlined in the Local Digital Roadmap plan.
This model requires NCL to completely transform the way digital services are currently delivered. These plans are based on developing an NCL Population Health Management Model which includes the technology, data and analytics required to manage the health and wellbeing of the local population, underpinned by a move from paper to digital care processes within provider organisations.