Can foundation trusts work more closely with the communities they serve?

The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a first-wave foundation trust based in the East London borough of Hackney. Building relationships between the community and the hospital has been a priority for the Trust and the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) and both organisations have placed an emphasis on working closely across primary, secondary and community care, with the Trust's clinicians working with GP clinical leads in the area for many years.

This close collaboration has resulted in the development of more than 40 clinical pathways and the organisations are confident that these pathways have improved quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Clinicians from both organisations join patient representatives and managers on clinical programme boards to commission for each clinical area, and check quality using clinical audit across primary and secondary care.

In this seminar, representatives from the Trust and the CCG will talk about the partnership and what has been done to secure patient and community engagement. Each will describe the lessons learned, what has worked well over the past 18 months, what gets in the way of closer relationships and how they plan to develop the collaboration in the future.

Executive colleagues are welcome to attend this event. Please contact Tracy Nottage at to book your place.

The speakers

John Coakley

John Coakley trained in medicine at Liverpool University, qualifying in 1980. His postgraduate training posts were in Merseyside and London. He was appointed as a consultant in intensive care medicine at St Bartholomew's and Homerton Hospitals in 1992. He has been Medical Director of Homerton Hospital since 1998. Since September 2005 he has concentrated on medical management and intensive care medicine at Homerton Hospital.

John provides clinical leadership at board level at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Clare Highton

Dr Clare Highton, the Chair of NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group, is passionate about clinical commissioning and how it can bring patient benefit if CCGs, providers and patients work together.

Clare was a Professional Executive Committee Co-Chair with the NHS City and Hackney Primary Care Trust but stepped down to set up a social enterprise, East London Integrated Care, with a public membership to carry out practice-based commissioning. She believes in a flat and democratic structure for CCGs and in the need to trust rather than instruct clinicians to deliver cost-effective care.

Paul Haigh

Paul Haigh has worked in the NHS since 1978. He has worked with GPs since 2006 to help set up a social enterprise to deliver practice-based commissioning. Paul led the CCG Pathfinder work and has previous experience as a primary care group and primary care trust chief executive officer, as well as hospital management and commissioning experience. Paul's passion is to make very tangible differences for patients and to help clinicians realise their ambitions.