The Health and Wellbeing Boards of Warwickshire and Coventry – whose membership includes the areas’ councils, clinical commissioning groups, NHS Trusts, voluntary and patient associations, emergency services and others – came together at a special event at the University of Warwick yesterday (Thursday 13th October) to sign the new ‘Health and Wellbeing Alliance Concordat’.
At the heart of the agreement is a focus on enabling people living in Coventry and Warwickshire to pursue happy, healthy lives by focusing on what’s best for the public rather than individual organisations, streamlining decision making and creating a health and wellbeing ‘system’ that is easy to understand.
This commitment will form the basis for a new, joined up approach to service delivery. It signals the commitment of all the partner organisations to the transformation of services and an unprecedented need for greater integration of services across Coventry and Warwickshire over the next five years.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the Warwickshire Health & Wellbeing Board and Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is a momentous step for Coventry and Warwickshire working together around the health and care needs of our people and our shared place and I am excited to be going forward together.”
Councillor Kamran Caan, Chair of the Coventry Health & Wellbeing Board and Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, said:
“People and communities are at the heart of everything we do and creating a partnership like this is going to help shape better futures for those that we want to support.
“This agreement allows us to work closer together to create a better system that improves the health, wellbeing and overall happiness of people and families across Coventry and Warwickshire
“We truly need to encourage innovative ideas and to be able to see positive outcomes.”