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Better Health for London - Next Steps Plan

Setting joint ambitions for improving health, wellbeing and care in London 

  • By SarahSturrock

The Better Health for London - Next Steps Plan was published jointly by the Mayor, London Councils, the 32 London CCGs, NHS England and Public Health England in March 2015.  Following on from the London Health Commission's Better Health for London report, it sets out 10 shared ambitions against which progress will be measured:

  • give all London's children a healthy, happy start to life 
  • get London fitter with better food, more exercise and healthier living
  • make work a healthy place to be in London
  • help Londoners kick unhealthy habits
  • improve care for the most mentally ill in London so they live longer, healthier lives
  • enable Londoners to do more to look after themselves
  • ensure that every Londoner is able to see a GP when they need to and at a time that suits them
  • create the best health and care services of any world city, thorughout London and on every day
  • fully engage and involve Londoners in the future health of their city
  • put London at the centre of the global revolution in digital health.

In welcoming the launch of the Next Steps Plan, Councillor Teresa O'Neill, London Councils Executive Member for Health, said:

"The critical role of local government in shaping health and care services is recognised in both the London Health Commission's Report and the Five Year Forward View.

Boroughs are keen to strengthen that role further, and work with all our partners to achieve the aspirations set out in the Next Steps Plan, which builds on both previous bits of work. 

Alongside this we are considering how devolution of powers and funding might help us make even greater progress towards London becoming the world's healthiest city."

The London Health Board has been refocused in the light of the challenges set out in Better Health for London and the NHS Five Year Forward View.  It will provide strategic oversight of progress against the ambitions in the Next Steps Plan, as well as considering ways in which it might support or accelerate this.