Health and Wellbeing Boards are an important feature of the reforms brought about by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The Health and Wellbeing Board acts to ensure that key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Shropshire residents. Health and Wellbeing Board members collaborate to understand their local community’s needs, agree priorities and work together to plan how best to deliver services.
Who sits on the Health and Wellbeing Board?
Currently the Board has membership from Shropshire Council, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Healthwatch Shropshire, the Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA) and the NHS Local Area Team. The Board is Co-chaired by Cllr. Karen Calder and Dr Julian Povey from the CCG.
The Board includes democratically elected Members (currently, Cllr. Karen Calder, Cllr. Ann Hartley, and Cllr. Lee Chapman) who represent the patients and people of Shropshire.
Click here to see more detail about the Board membership.
What kind of decisions does it make?
In Shropshire, strategic health and care decisions are made by the Health and Wellbeing Board.
As a result of the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board, patients and the public should experience more joined-up and collaborative healthcare and services from the NHS and Council.
Click here to see the minutes and agendas of past Health and Wellbeing Board meetings.
What was the Health & Wellbeing Board ‘Peer Challenge’?
In January 2015 Shropshire’s health and wellbeing system underwent a peer challenge by a team of ‘critical friends’ from across the country. The team of peers was made up of professionals representing CCGs, Councils, Healthwatch and the Local Government Association.
The peer challenge team spent four days working with professionals and the public, taking part in comprehensive discussions, observations, workshops and focus groups to understand health and wellbeing in Shropshire.
The team sought to learn more about leadership, effective relationships, evaluating the impact of the health and wellbeing strategy and Shropshire’s approach to improving the health and wellbeing of local residents.
On the final day of the peer challenge, the team presented their feedback to partners involved in the review. You can access the feedback presentation here.
Click here to read the full and final report from the Health and Wellbeing Peer Challenge team.
What is the Health and Wellbeing strategy?
The Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets out the long-term vision for Shropshire. This includes identifying the immediate priority areas for action and how Shropshire intends to address these.
Communication and Engagement
We also have a joint Health & Wellbeing Communication & Engagement Strategy (produced in 2015) that demonstrates how the health & wellbeing organisations across Shropshire are working together for the benefit of the county. Working together is helping to avoid duplication, improve consistency and increase transparency. Click here to read our draft Health & Wellbeing Communication & Engagement Action Plan.
What is the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment?
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) uses evidence to identify health needs within the Shropshire population. This information is then used in the planning and commissioning of services to ensure that we are prioritising the most important areas of health and wellbeing. The JSNA is created using information from national, local and regional health data as well as through feedback gained from engagement events held with a wide range of stakeholders including partner organisations, patient and service user groups and service providers.
Useful links for Peer Challenge 2015
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment | Future Fit Children’s Trust Plan | SEND Reforms | Shropshire’s Safeguarding Children Board | Public Health Outcomes Framework and Health Profile 2014 | Shropshire Council’s Business Plan 2014-2017 | Shropshire CCG’s 5 year plan | CHIMAT – Child Health Profile 2014 | Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee | Young People’s Scrutiny Committee | Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Healthwatch Shropshire | Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly | Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust | Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust | South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust