The documents on this page explain the work that took place before we moved to a public consultation and how decisions were taken.
Documents which supported decision making to move to a public consultation
- Maternity and neonatal services pre-consultation business case; Edgware Birth Centre addendum to the maternity and neonatal pre-consultation business case; and Paediatric surgery pre-consultation business case: These are long technical documents for the formal decision makers (NCL ICB and NHS England for specialised commissioning) setting out the proposals for public consultation. They also set out the proposed approach to public consultation. They were published by NCL ICB on 28 November 2023, and considered and approved by NCL ICB Board at a public meeting on 5 December 2023. They were separately approved via NHS England. These versions have alternative text and some of the exhibits have been simplified to make them accessible for those that use screen readers: Maternity and neonatal services pre-consultation business case; Edgware Birth Centre addendum to the maternity and neonatal pre-consultation business case; and Paediatric surgery pre-consultation business case.
- Maternity and neonatal services interim integrated impact assessment and Paediatric surgery interim integrated impact assessment : An integrated impact assessment is a document to assess whether something we are planning to recommend might have unintended consequences, including impacts on particular groups of people, on the environment in which they live, or other unforeseen impacts that may need to be mitigated. These interim IIAs were published alongside the ICB Board papers on 28 November 2023, and considered by NCL ICB Board at its public meeting on 5 December 2023. They were separately considered by NHS England as part of their decision making. They will inform the approach to public consultation and will continue to be updated after the consultation.
- Maternity and neonatal services pre-consultation engagement report: Over the summer of 2023, the Start Well programme conducted engagement about maternity and neonatal services to identify potential impacts changes to services might have. This qualitative research was independently evaluated, and this document is the independent report of the findings of the engagement. The findings were used to inform the proposals including the interim integrated impact assessments.
- London Clinical Senate review – North Central London Start Well programme: A review by the Clinical Senate is an integral part of the process for all major service change in the NHS. The review has a focus on ensuring that there is a clear clinical evidence base for the changes proposed, which is a key test for NHS major service change. The Clinical Senate review of the Start Well programme took place in July 2023 and the report of their findings was finalised in November 2023.
Other supporting documents
- Start Well case for change and Start Well case for change summary: This was the first formal stage of the Start Well programme, development of which took place from November 2021 to June 2022. Based on feedback from clinical staff and extensive data analysis – with a strong population health focus – the Start Well case for change identified what currently works well in maternity, neonatal and children and young people’s services in NCL and the areas where there are opportunities for improvement. It did not seek to set out potential solutions. It was approved by NCL CCG Governing Body (the predecessor body to the ICB) on 30 June 2022 with an agreement to start a period of engagement on its findings.
- Start Well case for change engagement report: Following approval of the case for change in June 2022 a 10-week programme of engagement started on 4 July 2022. The engagement had two aims. Firstly, to identify whether the themes highlighted in the case for change resonated with patients, residents, staff and stakeholders. Secondly, to capture the views of patients, residents, staff, and stakeholders on the opportunities to improve care in NCL. The feedback from the engagement was independently evaluated and a report of the findings was published in September 2022. The feedback was used to inform the proposals.
- NCL ICB Board of Members: Start Well paper, 22 November 2022 and NCL ICB Board of Members: Start Well paper, 28 March 2023: These papers set out proposed future care models for both maternity and neonatal care and children and young people’s hospital care. At their public meeting in November 2022, the ICB Board agreed to start an options appraisal in relation to the implementation of the proposed maternity and neonatal care models and the proposed emergency and planned surgical children and young people’s care models. A further report in March 2023 report updated the recommendation in respect of proposed emergency and planned surgical children and young people’s care models.
- Proposed children’s surgical pathways by specialty: This document sets out the proposed future children’s surgical pathways by age and by specialty. It is an appendix to the paediatric surgery pre-consultation business case and reproduced separately here as it is referenced in the consultation document.
- Raising concerns or accessing support after care: This leaflet explains the support available if you have concerns about NHS care you have received or would like to access support.
Start Well programme board
The Start Well programme board oversees the programme and has representation from all NCL acute trusts. Its members are:
- North Central London (NCL) Integrated Care Board (ICB) Chief Medical Officer (Chair) – Jo Sauvage
- NCL ICB Chief Nursing Officer – Chris Caldwell
- NCL ICB Chief Strategy and Population Health Officer and Interim Deputy CEO – Sarah Mansuralli (Senior Responsible Officer, Start Well)
- UCLH Executive Lead – Tim Hodgson
- Whittington Health Executive Lead – Clare Dollery
- North Middlesex Executive Lead – Victoria Jones
- Royal Free London Executive Lead – Mike Greenberg
- GOSH Executive Lead – Sanjiv Sharma
- Specialised Commissioning Lead (NHS England) – Hazel Fisher / Rachel Lundy / Sara Nelson
- Local Authority CEO representative – Ian Davis
- Local Authority Director of Children’s Services representative – Ann Graham
- North East London ICB representative – Diane Jones
- North West London ICB representative – Toby Lambert / Janet Cree
- Director of Public Health representative – Kirsten Watters
- Programme team members in attendance as required.