Health and Wellbeing Boards
With effect from 1 April 2013, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 established Health and Wellbeing Boards. Each top tier and unitary authority will have its own Health and Wellbeing Board.
Boards bring together Clinical Commissioning Groups and councils to develop a shared understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the community.
They undertake the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and then develop a joint health and wellbeing strategy for addressing those needs. This will include recommendations for joint commissioning and integrating services across health and care.
Membership includes a minimum of one local elected representative; a representative of the local Healthwatch organisation; a representative of each local Clinical Commissioning Group; the local authority director for adult social services; the local authority director for children’s services; the director of public health for the local authority.
Local boards will be free to expand their membership to include a wide range of perspectives and expertise, such as representatives from the charity or voluntary sectors.
All boards will be expected to ensure that the needs of local people as a whole are taken into account.
Also read the Department of Health’s guide on Health and wellbeing boards