Changes to your health services

The way in which your local health services are delivered is changing.

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011 became an Act of Parliament on 27 March 2012, bringing major reforms to the health system.

These changes include:

  • abolishing PCTs and strategic health authorities and commissioning local health services through clinical commissioning groups by April 2013
  • establishing an independent NHS Board by April 2013 to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidance
  • public health becoming the responsibility of local authorities from April 2013.

What the reforms mean for Camden

We will have a leading role in delivering local health services, with significant new responsibilities.

These include:

  • establishing a health and wellbeing board as a committee of the Council
  • taking on responsibility for public health services
  • creating a local HealthWatch organisation to help residents influence and shape the planning of services and support them in accessing and making choices about their care
  • responsibility for commissioning local health services moving to the Camden Clinical Commissioning Board  

Together with our partners, we are working to ensure that you will still receive a high quality of care while these changes take place.

Joint public health service with Islington Council

In summer 2012 it was agreed that we will run a joint public health service with Islington Council with one shared joint director of public health.

As well as being geographical neighbours, Camden and Islington share a number of similar health challenges; from high levels of childhood obesity and smoking-related deaths to higher than average levels of drug misuse. Working together will let both authorities to draw on each other’s experience, expertise and learning and allow for these similar challenges to be tackled jointly.

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