Better Health for London

A shared agenda to improve health in London


In September 2013, the Mayor of London launched a London Health Commission.  Chaired by Professor Lord Ara Darzi, the Commission lasted a year and gathered evidence from the public, community groups and the private sector, and across the NHS and local government in the capital.  You can find out more at the now archived London Health Commission website (external link).  And here is London Councils' evidence to the Commission.

In October 2014, Lord Darzi published his report Better Health for London. It sets out a series of aspirations and recommendations to a range of organisations across London and nationally to improve the health of Londoners and the quality of health and care services in the capital, as well as increasing the economic contribution that health and life sciences can make to growth.

In March 2015, the Mayor of London, London Councils, NHS England (London), London's CCGs and Public Health England (London) published the the Better Health for London - Next Steps Plan.  In this we jointly committed to 10 aspirations to improve health and wellbeing in London, aiming to make London the healthiest global city.


One Year On 

The Mayor of London, London Councils, London's CCGs, NHS England (London) and Public Health England (London) have published Better Health for London: One Year On.  This report reflects progress by partners in local government and the NHS, individually and through increased collaboration, towards the 10 aspirations agreed in Better Health for London: Next Steps Plan

The report was launched at a joint conference on 21 October 2015, in which the Mayor of London, Councillor Teresa O'Neill and representatives of boroughs, NHS bodies and wider partners from across London reinforced their commitment to make progress on improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Londoners.  You can see films of the key speakers on YouTube.

The London partners committed to build on progress to date and further strengthen collaboration to help everyone live healthier lives.  

Recognising the complexity of health and care systems in London, this will involve action at local borough/CCG levels, in sub-regional groupings and on a cross-London basis.

To support this, London partners are seeking devolution from government and national bodies to unlock barriers and accelerate improvement.  

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, committed to working with London partners to secure improvements in the capital, including exploring devolution.  

A London Agreement will be signed before the end of the year to set out shared objectives and principles, as well as a programme of work to support transformation of health and care in London.

The detailed business case for devolution to local and sub-regional partnerships will be developed and tested through a series of pilots, in which government and national partner engagement will be sought.  London boroughs, CCGs and wider partners are developing pilots, which will be announced with the London Agreement.  These are expected to focus on local integration, sub-regional whole system sustainability, unlocking estate transformation, and prevention.