Barking and Dagenham

We are responsible for commissioning health and care services for the people of Barking and Dagenham and making sure these services meet the needs of local people.

It’s our job to make sure that you receive 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.

Barking and Dagenham borough map

With seven other local authority areas – City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest – we make up NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (NEL CCG).

Barking and Dagenham is one of the most challenged health economies in the country, with a diverse, rapidly growing and moving population. We also have some areas of high deprivation, as well as a higher number of older and younger people.

The borough has seen rapid population growth in recent years, with a population of around 212,900. This is due to a number of factors including expansion in housing developments, increasing birth rates and inward migration. The population structure has changed significantly, with large increases in the number of younger people living in the borough.

This all has an impact on the health of local people, and the health and care services they need. We are working to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Barking and Dagenham, with a particular focus on improving urgent and emergency care and out of hospital care. 

Health is not something that can be tackled by the NHS alone, it is only through working together that lasting changes can be made that will benefit those living in our borough. NHS England’s Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, provided us with the framework to address the challenges as a joint health and care system and continue to build on our partnership working.

Since the beginning of 2020 we have been working closely as a north east London system to manage the effects of Covid-19 on our area, our patients and our staff. We work collectively with our partners across health and care to ensure we have the right provision in place in terms of beds, GP and community support, along with an effective vaccination programme, so that we are able to support people as close to their own homes as possible.

This has been a real test of integration and we have shown our collective strength in managing our population’s health and care, supporting each other across north east London to provide the best care and support for residents.

Borough partnership

We are working in partnership with our local health and social care organisations with a common ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Barking and Dagenham.

The organisations that make up the partnership with the NEL CCG Barking and Dagenham team are:

Integrated Care System (ICS)

NHS North East London CCG is part of North East London Health and Care Partnership. This is our integrated care system (ICS), which brings together NHS organisations, local authorities, community organisations and local people to ensure our residents can live healthier, happier lives.

Integrated Care Partnership (ICP)

Within this ICS are three local Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs). ICPs are local groups of health and care organisations, including local authorities, community organisations, working across smaller geographic boundaries. Each ICP is developing its own priorities, reflecting the different needs of each local population.

In Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge (BHR) our ICP brings together local partners to pool our resources and support residents:

Our key priorities as an ICP are:

  • Workforce development
  • Developing borough partnerships
  • Children and young people prevention, and children and young people and adults safeguarding
  • Addressing inequalities and embedding prevention in every interaction
  • Winter planning
  • Organisational development (OD) and building trusted relationships

We want to make sure that local people across Barking and Dagenham have access to the care and support they need. We actively seek opportunities to find out what our local communities in Barking and Dagenham think and feel about their local NHS and care services through a range of activities including surveys, focus groups and workshops, as well as through partner organisations and patient forums.

You can get involved in a variety of ways:

  • We regularly share updates with our patients and stakeholders. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive this update by email, please contact bhr.communications@nhs.net
  • You can also follow us on Twitter @NHS_BHR
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