The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established Health and
Wellbeing Boards as a key mechanism for improving joint working
between the NHS and local authorities, bringing together key
commissioners to encourage integrated working and provide local
leadership to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for local
Rochdale's Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board was established in
April 2011, bringing together key representatives from the local
authority, locally elected members and local GPs with the shared
aim of delivering improvements to health and wellbeing and tackling
the health inequalities in Rochdale Borough.
Under the 2012 Act, Health and Wellbeing Boards are required to
undertake a local assessment of the current and future health and
wellbeing needs of the borough through a Joint Strategic Needs
Assessment (JSNA) process, and produce a Joint Health and Wellbeing
Strategy setting out how it intends to meet the key needs
identified through the JSNA.
This is Rochdale Health and Wellbeing Board's first Joint Health
and Wellbeing Strategy, providing an overarching plan for improving
the health and wellbeing of the borough.