What’s a Health and Wellbeing Board?

Last Wednesday I attended the first Local Government Association Health and Well Being Chairs Summit entitled ‘A vision for the future of HWBs’

On the first plenary session was Rob Webster – Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, Dr. Sam Bennett from the TLAP Board which I also sit on alongside Dr. Howard Stote Chairman of Bixley CC. Steve Kell – Co-Chair NHS Clinical Commissioners and Jim Mackey – Chief Executive Northumbria Healthcare NHS, and was expertly chaired by David Brindle from the Guardian. As they presented and the questions and answer session progressed I reflected on the journey from first discussion of how we work better together to delivery a system of Adult Social Care and Health together that will address the issues of our ageing population and how all the main political parties are reasonable together in how they want this progress to continue.

After lunch Phil Swann from Shared Intelligence presented their latest of their research pieces entitled Stick with it – research on HWBs and initial thinking on the future vision. A sort of ‘health check’ as to how the various boards are getting along, what is working well and what needs to be enabled to help the worse performing match the best. It was also a chance to catch up with Cllr. Sue Whooley the Chairman of the East Midland HWBs network for which I an currently the LGA link person.
A number of points came out from this not least the key things all boards should be working on in the next few months as they try to progress.

Finally the closing Key note was Glenn Mason – Director of People, Communities and Local Government, Department of Health (DoH) who spoke about his impressions so far and of a LGA Peer Review he took part in,. I sit with Glenn on the TLAP Baord and his view is important as DoH are really important in the steer they give the NHS to engage and really work to co-produce solutions that work across the country, but not top down but bottom up.

And what I mean by this is what’s it like to need social care in my village of Lakenheath, how do you get to the Doctors, who takes you if they refer you to the West Suffolk Hospital for treatment and how is that treatment is facilitated by Suffolk’s Health and Care services, who arranges your carers and liaison’s with your family and who makes sure just as soon as you are fit for discharge from hospital that your return home is well supported.

Bottom up not top down, with each Health and Wellbeing Board championing and designing our health and social care.

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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