The SLCSN structure
Pan-London cardiac and stroke network board
The pan-London board exists to ensure high quality comprehensive cardiac and stroke services are delivered to the population of London. The Board monitors progress against the national objectives, steers implementation and ensures evaluation of intended benefits. The Board is accountable to the London Commissioning Group.
The pan-London board encourages cardiac and stroke networks in London to work together and collectively share best practices and advance strategies across the five geographical regions.
Each network serves a specific population which varies in size and diversity. Through this collaboration across the capital, networks are able to grasp the big picture on cardiac and stroke care whilst keeping an eye on local services and residents.
The pan-London network board includes network directors, clinical leads and key NHS members headed by the sector chief executive of South West London, Ann Radmore.
The South West London and South East London Cardiovascular Boards are the main decision making bodies for the Network, taking responsibility for the effective performance of the clinical reference groups in relation to the delivery of the work plan for cardiac and stroke service provision.
The Boards are accountable to the Joint Committee of PCTs via the chief executives of the primary care trusts and sector wide chief executive. The board is also accountable to the chief executives of the acute trusts.
Clinical reference groups
The SLCSN conducts clinical reference groups (CRGs) in both cardiac and stroke across South London. Membership includes commissioners of healthcare, GPs, clinicians, representatives from local authorities and the voluntary sector and SLCSN team members.
The aims of the decision-making and performance monitoring CRGs are threefold:
- To provide strategic direction for the management of SLCSN projects
- To review national and local guidelines and ensure alignment with the Network's plans
- To share clinical recommendations and research news with the Network and its partners
The projects within each workstream, or focus area, are directed by a workstream group. These groups, headed by a nominated clinical lead and SLCSN member, meet quarterly to report on the progress and milestones of each project.
Membership within each workstream group includes clinical, managerial and patient representation plus SLCSN staff.
As patients are the driving force behind every SLCSN project, we believe their support and input is crucial in improving cardiac and stroke care.
The Network has an established patient and public engagement (PPE) workstream. The activies of this group feed into the other workstreams across the Network.
Additionally, the SLCSN has hosted patient and public events and continues to reach out to community organisations to tap into the opinions of those who know these services best -- the patients and those with direct experience.
A monthly newsletter provides information on these events and updates on the SLCSN projects. To sign up, please e-mail Andrea Marlow.
Network core team
The SLCSN consists of knowledgable staff from a broad range of clinical and organisational backgrounds. Building relationships is paramount to creating change in cardiac and stroke care.
By working with patients plus primary, secondary and terciary healthcare organisations we can assist in improving patient experience, clinical processes and commissioning strategies.
Learn more about the Network core team.
The SLCSN creates an infrastructure of alignment along the patient pathway, from prevention to rehabilitation, between patients and those that treat them.