Health and Adult Social Care

Chaired by Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury

Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury

Cllr. Ayesha Chowdhury arrived in Britain with her parents at the age of 16. While learning English, she helped her father with his community work. She then attended Goldsmiths College, University of London, and completed her MA in Applied Anthropology, Youth and Community work in 2002. In addition to that, she has obtained a wide range of qualifications covering social work, construction and law.

Mrs Chowdhury felt that the decision making process had to be influenced if real change was to be attempted. As a result of this she got involved with politics. Cllr. Chowdhury has fought five local elections successfully and has represented London Borough of Newham as an elected Councillor continuously since 2002.

Outside her role as a councillor, Ayesha Chowdhury is a successful businesswoman. She has previously worked for different local authorities, i.e. Camden, Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Newham. Aside from politics and business, she is also committed to various local, national and international organisations. She has been heavily involved in consultation, research and community activities in the UK as well as abroad.

Amongst her most prestigious voluntary association, her past and present commitments in Council include being: Executive Adviser for the Mayor of Newham, and Lead Councillor for Beckton Community Forum. She has also served a number of Scrutiny Commissions including Community Cohesion and Children & Young Peoples Scrutiny committee.

A number of positive developments that she has participated in over the past years in service delivery are: Tackling ASB successfully; affective service from the Housing and Environment Department; and improvements in educational standards. Besides her regular surgeries, she holds special surgeries for different ethnic groups, the elderly, and women and young people who do not normally visits surgeries.

Her interests include human rights, politics, environmental and social issues as well as sports. As a scrutiny chair for Health and Adult Social Care, she is keen to focus on equality and quality of life for the most disadvantaged in society.

Topics to be reviewed to June 2020:

  • Caring for Children with Complex Needs - to review current services in place to support children and their families in the community and increase their attendance at school.
  • Primary Care Networks - to review and influence the work of the NHS and providers with regards to primary care provision and review social Prescribing. Supported Living - this area is not reviewed by the CQC and it is proposed that Newham will introduce its own framework.
  • Public Health Budget - to consider and give transparency to how funds are utilised.
  • End of life care - to consider and better understand the current provision of end of life care services and identify any areas where recommendations for improvements could be made.
  • Young People's Health - to consider young people’s health issues, with a particular focus on vaccinations
  • Bart’s Health NHS Trust - to maintain regular monitoring of improvements from the CQC inspection, as well as considering issues including charging for overseas patients and older people’s service improvement.
  • In-Depth Topic: Mental Health - to consider mental health services in Newham; awareness, support, transition and integration.

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