Tower Hamlets

We are responsible for commissioning health and care services for the people of Tower Hamlets 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.

Tower Hamlets borough map

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

Tower Hamlets is home to around 317,000 people. It has a very diverse population including one of the largest Bangladeshi communities in the country.

Our borough is also one of the fastest growing populations in London, and we expect to see the number of people living in the borough to increase by 20 per cent by 2025. In addition, people are living longer, meaning that they need more care and support later in life. Although overall life expectancy has improved in recent years, the number of years people live in good health remains significantly below the national level.

The reasons for this are varied but include the health impacts of higher levels of poverty, social isolation, poor air quality, lack of access to affordable healthy food and lack of green spaces. These factors are linked to low birth weight, dental decay in children, childhood obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet and high risk lifestyle choices. These inequalities result in higher levels of physical and mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, long-term lung diseases, liver disease, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV.

While there has been some progress, there is still a long way to go to address health inequalities and improve local health outcomes and that’s why we are working with partners as part of an integrated care partnership to maximise the impact we can have on addressing health inequality.

Borough partnership

Tower Hamlets Together is a partnership of local health and social care organisations with a common ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Tower Hamlets.

The organisations that make up the partnership with the NEL CCG Tower Hamlets 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 the each local population.

In Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest (TNW) our ICP brings together local partners to deliver multiple improvement and transformation programmes to support residents:

Our key priorities as an ICP are still in development.

We want to make sure that local people across Tower Hamlets have access to the care and support they need. We actively seek opportunities to find out what our local communities in Tower Hamlets 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
  • You can also follow us on Twitter @NHS_TNW
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