Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group
Established in April 2013, NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a clinically-led membership organisation, made up of the 37 general practices in Tower Hamlets. GPs, along with healthcare professionals and managers, are responsible for planning, buying and monitoring (a process known as commissioning) many local health services in order to best meet the needs of all of local residents, both now and in the future.
The Tower Hamlets CCG commissions A&E and maternity services, community care, mental health and GP services. Other healthcare services are commissioned by different organisations. For example, NHS England commissions services from independent contractors, including dentists, pharmacists and optometrists, as well as specialised services such as neurosurgery.
Tower Hamlets Council
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, also known as 'the council', is responsible for providing local services and facilities to residents, as well as social care provision. The council also commissions public health services that help promote healthy living.
Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services
The Tower Hamlets CVS is an independent membership organisation for voluntary, community faith and social enterprise organisations. They offer training courses, advocacy, free advice, support and networking opportunities through numerous events to their membership, which currently consists of 300 organisations.
East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)
ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age and older adults, as well as forensic services to Tower Hamlets, the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Bedfordshire and Luton.
The Trust also offers a range of psychological therapy and some specialist mental health services across its wide footprint.
The Trust recently acquired community services in Tower Hamlets, including the Foot Health service, Continence service, Occupational Therapy and District Nursing.
Barts Health NHS Trust
With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS Trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust operates across four major hospital sites (The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and Newham) and a number of community locations, including Mile End Hospital. Around 2.5 million people living in East London, including residents of Tower Hamlets, look to their services to provide them with the healthcare they need.
Tower Hamlets GP Care Group
The Tower Hamlets GP Care Group was formed in late 2013 to enable General Practices to be more involved in the local commissioning of health services in the borough. The GP Care Group allowed all 37 practices in Tower Hamlets to speak with one voice and to work collectively on innovative ventures.
On 1 April 2016, the Care Group began providing health visiting services to the borough, taking on 140 staff under TUPE transfer from Barts Health.
The GP Care Group is also the lead manager in the “Alliance” between Barts Health and ELFT. This contract provides community health services to Tower Hamlets, taking responsibility for the out of hours service, single point of access, health advocacy, interpreting services and the patient experience team.
Working with you
The only way we can ensure health and social care services meet your needs and address some of the challenges described on this website is to involve staff, patients and members of the public at every step of the way.
Are you a Tower Hamlets resident? We would love to hear from you!
If you have any feedback regarding our services, or suggestions of ideas and initiatives that may improve the healthcare and wellbeing of people in Tower Hamlets, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.