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Health and Wellbeing Board goes public

As changes to the health service kick in this month, Herefordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board held its first public meeting this week.

The establishment of the board is a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  The board has a duty to make sure that all the parts of the health and social care system work in an effective integrated way to improve the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of Herefordshire people.  There are many things that contribute to health and wellbeing such as housing, economic prosperity and lifestyle choices as well as hospitals and health services.

In Herefordshire, there has been a Health and Wellbeing Shadow Board in operation for the last two years.  During this time the board has considered a vision and principles it would like to see throughout the health and social care system.

Membership of the board is wide ranging and includes senior officers from Herefordshire Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England, Wye Valley NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.  Importantly, Healthwatch, the new patients’ representative group is included together with members representing carers, the third sector, businesses, housing and the police.  Councillor Carl Attwood joins Councillor Patricia Morgan to make two democratically elected representatives.

Councillor Patricia Morgan, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The board will oversee the way organisations work together for the benefit of people in Herefordshire.” 

“Everyone knows we have less money and some of our health and social care services are under significant financial pressure – this is an opportunity for us to come together and make sure that the system is investing its resources in the best possible way for the people of Herefordshire.”