Cheshire East Health and Wellbeing Board
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.
- 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?
As pharmacy provision or population health needs in Cheshire East change, supplementary statements to this PNA will also be published here.
What we will do locally
Cheshire East Health and 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
Health and wellbeing board terms of reference
Annual report of the director of public health
Health and wellbeing board documents