The main functions of NHS East London and the City are:
The commissioning support service, working with GPs, comissions hospital and mental health services for local people, providing support to GP commissioning consortia. Andrew Ridley is managing director of the commissioning support service.
Public health provides leadership and advice on health improvement and the reduction of health inequalities. We assess local health needs, consider public health issues and work to improve the health of the community. This is done in partnership with local authorities and community organisations. We are working with local authorities and GPs to shape the future of this function. NHS East London and the City director of public health is Dr Ian Basnett, who works with directors of public health for the City and Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
Tower Hamlets Community Health Services
We directly provide a number of services, including:
- community and primary health services, including support provided by district and school nurses and health visitors
- community child health,
- services for people with learning disabilities, jointly with the council,
- services for older people and rehabilitation,
- foot health,
- women’s and young people’s services including family planning,
- community dentistry,
- therapies - audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy for children, primary care psychology.
These services are provided in a wide range of venues including health centres, GP surgeries, schools, community centres and in people’s homes as well as in hospitals. Mile End Hospital is managed by NHS Tower Hamlets. We are also the host organisation for procurement services, infection control, specialist commissioning and a finance consortium for all PCTs in north east London.
The PCT was established in April 2001. On 1 April 2009 we changed our name to NHS Tower Hamlets and on 1 April 2011 we became part of NHS East London and the City.