New report on improving and integrating HIV care in south east London
South East London Clinical Commissioning Group and others contributed to the report to recommend ways to better assimilate HIV care across our integrated care system.
National Aids Trust (logo featured, left) has published a new report on improving and integrating care in south east London, based on contributions from people living with HIV, as well as GPs, HIV clinicians, South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and integrated care system representatives across south east London.
The south east London integrated care system, of which King’s Health Partners is a part, aims to bring about changes in how health and care services are planned, paid for and delivered. By bringing together providers and commissioners of NHS services, along with local authorities and local partners, our integrated system partnership collectively plans and integrates care to meet the needs of our population.
According to the National Aids Trust’s report, called Improving and integrating HIV care in south east London, 30% of people who access HIV treatment and care in London live within the south east London integrated care system. HIV in south east London constitutes a health inequality that affects Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The new report says:
In 2018, 5,395 of the 10,731 people accessing HIV care in south east London and 42% of new diagnoses were among people from BAME communities.
National Aids Trust’s report highlights the importance of addressing the fragmentation of services and the need for better integrated care. It shares a list of recommendations on how the integrated care system can deploy a range of strategies to respond to the needs of our communities living with or at risk of HIV across south east London.
Commenting on the report, Cheryl Gowar, Policy and Campaigns Manager at National Aids Trust, says:
The recommendations reflect the good ideas that emerge when you get people together who come from different sides of a problem.
Some recommendations are ‘quick wins’, like the suggestion GP practices could have a pop-up alert to prompt GPs to offer vaccinations according to British HIV Association guidelines, or that HIV clinicians send requests for vaccinations directly to the practice nurses who deliver them.
Others focus on more substantial, systemic change, such as how care can be shared between the HIV service and the GP clinic. Across the piece, implementing the recommendations will require collaboration between different healthcare providers and commissioners, plus financial and logistical support from the integrated care system.
Interested to learn more about how the south east London CCG has come together during the pandemic? Read about how COVID-19 has changed the ways patients visit primary care centres.