Lord Victor Adebowale addresses GPs and Senior Practice Managers at Local Medical Committees conference

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Today, Lord Victor Adebowale CBE spoke at the Londonwide Local Medical Committees conference, where GPs and Practice Managers from across the capital were in attendance.

The aim of the conference, which took place at the Emirates Stadium, was to involve London GPs and senior practice staff in understanding the challenges and future opportunities of providing good quality healthcare.

Lord Adebowale, speaking on the wider determinants of health, shared his concern that 'people living in the poorest neighbourhoods in England will on average die seven years earlier than people living in the richest neighbourhoods, and that people living in poorer areas not only die sooner, but spend more of their lives with disability.’

He said the way to ensure services are more responsible to the people who use them is for service users to inform their creation.

Victor provided details of Turning Point’s model of Connected Care saying that: ‘So far we have conducted 20 Connected Care projects across England. We’ve trained over 250 Community Researchers, engaged with over 11,000 people and delivered positive change for communities and, most importantly, those who previously weren’t engaged with their local health services beyond A&E.’

He ended by saying the community has to be part of the solution, not seen as the problem. GPs and CCGs need, therefore, to look out to their local assets to co-design and deliver services that meet people’s current and future needs.

Also at the event, Turning Point’s Camden Health Improvement Project (CHIP) ran a workshop on meeting the primary care needs of homeless people. To find more details of the CHIP service visit the webpage.