Posted on: 9 July 2021

From 1 August 2021, children's community services in Harrow will move to Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) from London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) as part of an agreed transfer between North West London Integrated Care System partners. 

The integration of services is part of the strategic direction for North West London, and is in line with changes taking place across the wider NHS landscape. To support these changes, the CCG in collaboration with stakeholders including Brent and Harrow Local Authorities, has selected providers for community healthcare services that specialise in delivery of these services in several other boroughs in North West London.

CNWL is a dedicated community services provider and already provides a range of children’s community and mental health services in Harrow. From 1 August, they will provide all of Harrow’s children’s services. This change will further bring together NHS and Local Authority funded services. Central London Community Healthcare Trust will provide adult and children’s community services in Brent.

Claire Murdoch, CNWL Chief Executive, said, “We’re giving the 80 or so transferring staff a huge welcome; we want them all to feel quickly at home. They are a marvellous team of professionals who will help us join-up services even more than now. We are pleased they’re coming on board – and to each and every one of you - welcome!”

Lesley Watts, Interim Chief Executive at the North West London Integrated Care System, said: “The decision to transfer these services to specialist providers supports delivery of high quality community services in Brent and Harrow, which will be achieved through standardisation of service specification and delivery, and the ability to rapidly implement service improvements across multiple boroughs.”

Those LNWH staff affected by the changes will transfer to the new providers on 1 August.  The immediate priority, in the run up to August, is to ensure that everything is in place for an orderly transition, so that patients, service users and carers see no difference to the care and support they currently receive.