A moment to reflect on Health and Wellbeing Board progress

Last week I spoke at an event put on by the Business Services Association and hosted at the city law firm offices of Pinsent Masons entitled Health and Social Care Commissioning to an audience mainly made up of Health provider companies.

I shared the platform with a representative of Dr. Phil Moore, member of the NHS Clinical Commissioners Leadership Group and Deputy Chairman of Kingston CCG who provided a CCG perspective; Cathy Gritzner, Director, NHS Greater Manchester Commission Support Unit who gave a CSU Perspective; Wayne Felton, Managing Director, Healthcare Solutions, MITIE Group Plc., who gave a private sector perspective and Barry Francis, Partner, Pinsent Mason LLP, who was our host and spoke about Bringing Public and Private together before chaired the discussion that followed our presentations.

I was there representing the LGA and gave a the Local Authority Perspective answering the questions around to what extent have Health and Wellbeing Boards been able to bring local democratic input and wider public health considerations to the commissioning Agenda – encompassing not only health and social care but also housing and other local services and going on to address the question what more can private providers of local services do to adapt to the new priorities?

Following on from our discussion the key note speaker was Jon Rouse, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, who made a number of interesting observations.

It was a really useful session looking at the new landscape from a variety of prospective but what came out of it for me was firstly I must have fewer PowerPoint slides if I am to keep to a 10 minute slot!, but more importantly a sense of whilst not working particularly well at the moment with the Health and Wellbeing Boards we have at least found the right space in which to get the system working better and that time must be allowed for the new system to start to produce really significant benefits for residents when they are will and trying to navigate around this health and social care system.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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