Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
Islington Council has a duty to make sure there is enough childcare provision for working and studying parents, as far as is reasonably practicable. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) 2011 identifies the key gaps in childcare for children aged 0-14 (up to 18 if disabled). The initial Childcare Sufficiency (CS) Action Plan 2011-14 aims to address those gaps.
The Islington shadow Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to the vision of improving access to more services and delivering care closer to patients’ homes. The Care Closer to Home Strategy demonstrates the group’s holistic approach to achieving this vision through integrated care commissioning. The strategy will support areas where care closer to home initiatives have already been implemented and areas identified for further opportunities.
Development of a care closer to home delivery group will be essential to help prioritise changes to service areas and to facilitate delivery of the strategy. The City University care closer to home project, which aims to make major improvement to care closer to home opportunities in Islington, across clinical areas with a focus on COPD and diabetes will also support the implementation of the strategy.
Health and Wellbeing Boards, introduced by the government from April 2012, will be in charge of health in an area. They will be run by Local Authorities, like Islington Council and be made up of decision-makers who plan health services in the Borough.
From April 2012, health and wellbeing boards have been required to operate effectively in ‘shadow’ form. Boards will fully take on their statutory/legal functions from April 2013.
This Urgent Care Strategy aims to continue to improve urgent care provision from hospital emergency and ambulance services, but also strengthen patient access to urgent care from primary and community services.
To take a whole-system approach that has the patient journey and experience at the heart of the planning process.
To ensure urgent care services are easier to navigate for patients as well as clinicians and those in social care or children’s services, through the implementation of the NHS 111 single point of access.
To ensure that patient participation and voice, supports the modelling and development and implementation of the strategy
To ensure that services are streamlined to avoid duplication, utilising the options to co-locate services to drive efficiency and patient safety.
To make sure we work closely with all our stakeholders to develop an integrated approach, using shared records and IT systems. Ensuring that communication between services is optimised and systems of monitoring are standardised.
To embed the concept of Urgent care into the Primary Care strategy development, strengthening the role of community-based care, hospital avoidance schemes, and through the development of patient self-management programmes.
To continue to work in partnership with neighbouring boroughs, to ensure patient care is not compromised by boundary issues.
Dental services – general dental practitioners and community dentistry
Community Pharmacy Services – local pharmacists
Optometry Services – local opticians.
The strategy is being implemented within the context of NHS improvements, the North Central London Primary Care Strategy and the Islington Care Closer to Home, Urgent Care, Patient Involvement and Palliative Care strategies.
There is a theme of working more closely together across the whole patient pathway. GP practices and other primary care services are working in a more in a federated, networked model of primary care, enabling all of the Islington population to have a similar range and quality of services. Primary and secondary care are working increasingly closer as the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group works with Whittington Health our local Integrated Care Organisation.
The main outcomes identified are to:
Improve access to primary care services
Health promotion and prevention of ill health
Identify long term conditions earlier
Develop pathways for patients to enable them to receive the right care at the right time in the right place
Increase the number of people who are able to self-manage their health in relation to long term conditions and minor illnesses
Traffic figures for Islington for 2011 have now been added to the Department for Transport website. Counts are made at 64 points within the Borough and show people increasingly traveling by cycle - up to 13,600 from just 5,020 in 2000. Car journeys have gone the other way and are showing a steady decrease from 140,698 in 2000 to 105,615 in 2011. See all the figures here.
This dataset from the Department of Energy and Clinmate Change measures end-user carbon dioxide emissions in the local area from the industrial, domestic and transport sector. It relies on a draw-down of information from the National Inventory of Greenhouse Gas emissions and covers the years 2005-2010.
On the 25th September 2012 ONS released the population estimates for local and health authorities as at mid-2011. These are the first estimates to be based upon the recently published 2011 Census populations. These data comprise the population by gender and age group. This update presents the key findings from this release for London.