W.S Health & Wellbeing Board

West Sussex Health and
Wellbeing Board
Mrs Christine Field, Chairman
(West Sussex County Council, Cabinet Member for
Community Wellbeing & Deputy Leader)
What are Health & Wellbeing Boards?
• Established by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in
each top tier/unitary authority
• A forum for key leaders from the health and care
system to work together to improve the health and
wellbeing of their local population and reduce health
• A key part of plans to modernise the NHS, transform
health and social care and integrate services to
improve outcomes for residents
What do they do?
• Strategic influence over local commissioning of
health, social care and public health
• Strengthen democratic legitimacy
• A forum for challenge, discussion and local
• Develop a shared understanding of local health and
wellbeing needs and a joint strategy to address these
• Create a more effective and responsive local health
and care system
• Address other services that impact on health and
wellbeing (e.g. housing, education)
About the West Sussex HWB
• Set up in shadow form in 2012, and has been in its
full/formal form since April 2013
• Meets in public four times a year – at venues across
West Sussex
• Chairman – Christine Field, WSCC; Vice Chairman –
Dr Minesh Patel (Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG)
• Membership drawn from WSCC (6), CCGs (7), NHS
England (1), District/Borough Councils (2),
Healthwatch (1) and the voluntary sector (2)
Strategy and Plans
Developing the Board
What have we changed?
• Membership reviewed: WSCC membership reduced
from 9 to 6, NHSE reduced to 1, CCG increased from
3 to 7
• Communication and engagement strategy being
• More informal working (e.g. workshops for Board
Engagement Plans
• Establish a Communication & Engagement Network
(lead officers HWB member organisations)
• More formal links with NHS provider forums
• Develop stronger links with district/borough-based
health and wellbeing partnerships
• Develop a mechanism for voluntary & community
sector engagement
• Newsletter and Stakeholder forums
Transformation of health & social care
Integration of health and social care to deliver better services
for the population
Transforming local services so that people are provided with
better integrated care and support, including through a
significant expansion of care in community settings
Underpinned by the “Better Care Fund” - a new single,
shared budget between health and social care
Some Challenges
Ensuring collaborative working across health and
social care – joining up and not duplicating
Understanding each other’s financial constraints
Understanding roles/responsibilities in the new
structure (both new and continuing organisations)
Achieving integration and service transformation
How to ensure Health and Wellbeing Boards are
seen to deliver real outcomes and focus on the
issues that matter
Managing service reconfigurations – locally and
How does this fit with/reflect your aspirations?
How can we work better together?

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