A chance to reflect

Shropshire shire hallA couple of weeks ago I spent most of it in Shrewsbury as a part of LGA Peer Challenge team looking at Shropshire Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board’s effectiveness and it’s relationships across the Health sector in the area.

Sometime people question why councillors and officers spend time away from their council undertaking these Peer Challenges and for me it is really simply, the process of reviewing all a Councils printed materials, their reviews, flow charts, agendas, minutes and papers from various meetings. Alongside some 33 interview sessions with over 100 people across their systems and partnerships with acute hospitals, CCGs, patients, carers and voluntary groups not only do you come to an opinion about that system and then play that back in the final presentation and ultimately a report; you can’t but help reflect on what your system in your area looks like and its strengths and weaknesses, which helps your local system gain as well.

Also in my case as I am one of Local Government Association’s Health and Wellbeing Board Ambassadors in my case for the East Midland, hopefully you can help others develop their board to be as effective as possible. All political parties are starting to publish their policies if elected and across the political divide it is clear how important Health and Wellbeing boards are and will be to the delivery of better services without spending more tax payers money and anyone who’s kind enough to read this blog will know that’s my thing.

These challenges are not inspection and are something councils across the county ask the LGA to undertake so they can get an external prospective on how either the whole council or some aspect of what the council is delivering. I worked with a great team which was ably lead by Anne Binkhoff, LGA Peer Challenge Manager and Phil Norrey, Chief Executive of Devon County Council along with Anna Lynch, Director of Public Health at Durham County Council, Sharon Liggins, Chief Officer for Partnerships Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, James Cawley Associate Director – Adult Care Commissioning, Safeguarding and Housing, Wiltshire County Council, Rory Deighton, Chief Executive of Healthwatch, Kirklees and me. Hard intense work but the group I worked with helped make it fun as well.


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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