Cheshire East Health and Wellbeing Board

Our Vision

Cheshire East Health & Wellbeing Board will work together to make a positive difference to people’s lives through a partnership that understands and responds to the needs of the population now and in the future. The board will do this by:

  • Engaging effectively with the public.
  • Enabling people to be happier, healthier, and independent for longer.
  • Supporting people to take personal responsibility and make good lifestyle choices.
  • Achieving evidence-based outcomes within a holistic vision of health and wellbeing.

Local authorities were invited to become ‘early implementer’ sites for the development of Health and Wellbeing Boards in January 2011. Cheshire East was successful in achieving ‘early implementer’ status in March 2011.

The Health and Wellbeing Board is expected to provide vision and a coordinated drive to address the health and wellbeing needs of the local population Cheshire East to reduce unacceptable and avoidable variations in health and healthcare.

Health and Wellbeing Boards are intended to act as the ‘glue’ between the NHS bodies (Clinical Commissioning Groups, Providers, NHS Commissioning Board and others) local authorities and other agencies (Police, Fire, 3rd Sector) and give local people greater say in how care is provided - thereby improving local democratic accountability for local decisions about commissioned services.

Our Principles

  • Equality and fairness – Provision of services should meet need, reduce health outcome variations, and be targeted to areas which need them the most.
  • Accessibility – services should be accessible to all, with factors including geography, opening hours and access for disabled people and other vulnerable groups considered.
  • Integration – To jointly commission services that fit around the needs of residents and patients, encouraging providers to collaborate to create integrated services where appropriate. This will maximise the benefits of delivery through the Health and Wellbeing Board.
  • Quality – The strategy should be based on sound evidence and reasoning, and focus on quality, within our resources 
  • Sustainability – Services should be developed and delivered considering environmental sustainability and financial viability.

What will the Board do?

  • Challenge: The big pressures on public services include rising demand, rising health treatment costs - and the state of public finances. 
  • Plan services: With increasing pressures on public finances, it will be the job of the board to work together to plan services that meet the needs of local people, while achieving best value for money.
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA): They will look at the evidence of what works best to help target plans and resources. They will be responsible for making sure that the local JSNA is written and that plans for services are based on this (the JSNA is a piece of research that every local authority has to undertake, which ‘tells the story’ of local people’s needs).  Feedback from the Cheshire East Health and Wellbeing consultation.
  • Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy: They will be responsible for developing a local ‘Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy’, based on their JSNA. The Board will need to make sure that local services are in line with this Strategy.  The Joint Health and Wellbeing strategy (PDF, 115KB) was adopted in December 2012 and has been updated for 2014-2016.
  • Look at the big picture: The Board will look at people's health and social care needs together, as well as taking into account the bigger picture - things like transport, housing, jobs and leisure - so that services help people stay healthy and independent.
  • Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment: The Board will take into account the pharmaceutical needs assessment February 2011 (PDF, 6MB) and PNA Supporting Docs February 2011 (PDF, 588KB). A draft PNA has been issued for consultation from 19th November 2014 to 19th January 2015, and will then be taken back to the Health and Wellbeing Board prior to being published before 1st April 2015

What will we do locally? All of the above and:

Cheshire East Health & Wellbeing Board will work together to make a positive difference to people’s lives through a partnership that understands and responds to the needs of the population now and in the future. The board will do this by:

  • Engaging effectively with the public.
  • Enabling people to be happier, healthier, and independent for longer.
  • Supporting people to take personal responsibility and make good lifestyle choices. 
  • Achieving evidence-based outcomes within a holistic vision of health and wellbeing.

Why are we doing it?

The idea for Health and Wellbeing Boards came from the Health and Social Care Act (2012). The Act is part of the Government's plans to change health and social care services and the way they are commissioned. Some of the Bill’s key plans included give clinicians, such as GP’s, responsibility for commissioning health services, and strengthening ‘local accountability’ – for which Health and Wellbeing Boards will have a crucial role and responsibility.

How will we take on board what the community says?

  • Healthwatch is the voice of the public and has a place on the board 

Annual Report of the Director of Public Health

Health and Wellbeing Board Documents

Contact us

Email Democratic Services

Tel - 01270 686460

Julie North
Senior Democratic Services Officer
Cheshire East Council
Westfields
Middlewich Road
Sandbach
CW11 1HZ

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