A healthier Lambeth

 

Caring for our older, disabled and vulnerable residents is one of the most important jobs we have as a society. Lambeth Council spends the majority of its budget on adult and children’s social care, providing crucial day-to-day or hour by hour support for people who depend on our care. Over the coming years this work will become even more important as our older population continues to grow.

Over the past few years we’ve helped keep 3,000 elderly Lambeth residents in their homes by providing better care in the home. And we’ve improved the pay and conditions of care workers by using our powers as a council to extend the London Living Wage to 2,200 staff. As a Labour council we’ll defend investment in social care, protecting our most vulnerable residents from the failing Tory government.

While the Conservative government is trying to privatise the NHS by the back door we’ve worked in Lambeth with the NHS to improve services and provide better outcomes for patients without privatising services.

Through our Lambeth Together Alliance we are integrating all Lambeth’s care services with the NHS, creating a seamless service for older people, those with physical and learning difficulties, mental health services and for children. We’ll work via our ‘Lambeth Together’ Alliance to integrate all our care services with the NHS, creating seamless services for older people, those requiring mental health services, and children. This health and care integration programme will improve care quality and health outcomes whilst saving money for residents.

Social care goes far beyond what professionals provide. Lambeth is a community where we look out for one another and check on our neighbours. We will continue to support organisations and community groups tackling loneliness and social isolation across the borough and introduce a good neighbour befriending scheme to support older people and disabled people.

Lambeth is also one of only two places in the country with a pilot scheme to promote a whole system approach in tackling inequality in both healthcare and mental health wellbeing for our LGBT+ community.

As a Labour party and a Labour council we will always champion our NHS, our doctors, our nurses and everyone who works in our NHS. A Labour government will properly fund our NHS and restore our health service to its place as the envy of the world.

We have worked to transform our mental health services and were the first council in the country to appoint a councillor Mental Health Champion. We recognise the disproportionate impact of poor mental health on our African and Caribbean community. We will continue to work with Black Thrive, a community-led initiative to inform how mental health services can improve and genuinely meet the needs of black communities. The Living Well network prioritises prevention and early engagement with residents with poor mental health. We’ve seen a 40% reduction in people requiring acute psychiatric care in only two years.

 Santander bikes arrive in Brixton after successful lobbying by Lambeth Labour councillors 

Santander bikes arrive in Brixton after successful lobbying by Lambeth Labour councillors 

We’ll build on our innovative partnership with residents to make Lambeth’s mental health services the best in the country. We’ll fund the training of Mental Health Champions across the borough to complement the ground-breaking work of the Lambeth Living Well Network.

Lambeth now leads HIV prevention across London, increasing early testing and diagnosis as part of our award-winning ‘Do It London’ campaign. We support the Mayor’s commitment for London to be a Fast Track City to end HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination as well as campaigning for the NHS to properly fund universal availability of PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) so that we can eliminate the transmission of HIV in Lambeth and London by 2030.

Good health isn’t confined to the GP surgery. We’ve supported free healthy activities by welcoming parkrun into our parks, and we’ll continue to reduce childhood obesity by spending Sugar Levy cash to focus on healthy outcomes. This includes adopting the Daily Mile (ensuring all children walk at least a mile a day in school), fighting the spread of fatty food and drink across the borough and pioneering new ‘healthy high streets’. And to protect children’s lungs we’ll introduce a ban on smoking in Lambeth’s playgrounds.

Our parks are key to good physical and mental health, so we’ll pilot a new programme of ‘Health Parks’, starting with Ruskin Park next to Kings College and Maudsley Hospitals and roll out innovative health, recovery and fitness projects across other Lambeth parks and open spaces.

Lambeth Labour have a proven track record in providing high quality leisure centres across our borough that are visited by hundreds of thousands of local people every year.

We’ve opened a brand new leisure centre in Clapham in 2012. In 2014, we opened the new Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre at no cost to the taxpayer. And to complete the hat trick a leisure centre with a 25m pool, gym and GP surgery opened in West Norwood in summer 2014 after a long campaign by residents and councillors. And we have invested in upgrading the Brixton Recreation Centre.

We will build on this excellent record and open a new leisure centre in North Lambeth.