Health and Wellbeing Blog Launched!

Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board have been celebrating the launch of a new Health and Wellbeing blog.

The aim of the blog is to give our residents news and information about the important health issues affecting them within the County.  Those visiting the site will be able to see details on local health initiatives, agendas and minutes of all meetings, information on board members and information on how the board will work together to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for the residents of Warwickshire,

Health and Wellbeing Boards are a central concept in the government’s reform of health and social care, which is outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The vision is that the Board will act as the main strategy forum for health and care in the County; bringing together colleagues from the county council, district and borough councils, the NHS, public health and social care. The Board’s key responsibilities will be:

  • To ensure a coordinated approach to health, social care and public health across the County
  • To lead the development of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • To develop a shared Health and Wellbeing Strategy that will act as an overarching strategy for all the partners involved
  • To receive and consider the commissioning plans of the GP led Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • To receive and consider patient and public feedback via regular reports from Warwickshire HealthWatch

Speaking about the blog, Director of Public Health, Dr John Linnane said:

“The blog will provide us with a great way to communicate key messages to a variety of audiences in a timely manner. Warwickshire was one of the first local authorities to establish a Health and Wellbeing Board in 2011 and yet it is already becoming a useful forum for reaching high level agreements on the principles of how health and social care will be delivered in the future. I am hopeful that the blog will now be used as a regular tool to see how that will be achieved.”

Bryan Stoten, Chair of the Health and Well-being Board said

“Good health for Warwickshire residents is what the County Council puts at the heart of its priorities. We can only do that with people’s support , they need to know what we are doing and why we think it will improve their health and social care. The goal for all of us must be to achieve the fullest engagement about their Health and Wellbeing between our residents and those providing their care.”

Follow for more information on the Health and Wellbeing Board.