NHS South West London CCG is responsible for planning, commissioning and buying health services for people living in the borough of Merton.
It’s our job to make sure that you benefit from convenient and high quality healthcare services whenever you need them – whether this is advice from a pharmacist or GP, a procedure in hospital, help at home through local community services, or if you need support with your mental health.
Our work in Merton is clinically led, by local doctors and other experienced health professionals, and our team includes members from every GP practice in the borough.
We work in partnership with Merton Council, patient groups, voluntary organisations and other NHS bodies to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the area and to help make Merton a great place to live and work.
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Merton’s population is growing, and more people are living longer now. Meanwhile medical technology continues to advance as new or improved treatments and medicines are made available to patients. This means that there is more demand than ever on NHS services, and this demand continues to increase.
At the same time, we know that the funds available to spend on health services will not keep pace with this rise in demand.
The main challenges we face:
- Delivering high quality services within budget
- Increasingly, the NHS and council cannot meet all people’s wants, therefore primary focus must be on understanding and meeting genuine needs
- We cannot ‘do it alone’, therefore we must involve partners, including patients, carers, voluntary services and the wider community
- We also need to work with our community to develop the concept of individual responsibility. Not everything needs to be, or indeed can be, managed by the NHS. Appropriately supported individuals can be part of the whole system.
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment describes the current and future health and wellbeing needs of people living in the borough. It’s used to identify where the Council, the NHS and the voluntary sector need to focus their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
We work on behalf of local people, so we want to hear what you have to say about health services in your area. We use your feedback to help make important decisions about local healthcare and make changes in response to your feedback. We aim to talk with as many residents as we can and there are lots of ways to get involved.
You can complete our general feedback form at any time if you have something to say about your local NHS.