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Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established the Board (HWBB) as a statutory executive Committee of the council. Principal roles for the Board are to ensure that resources to support health improvement and people’s quality of life are used efficiently and to their full potential; to produce a high-level Joint Strategic Needs Assessment of the health and wellbeing needs of the local population; and develop a joint health and wellbeing strategy to provide a framework and priorities for commissioning plans for the NHS, social care, public health and other related services.

The Board also looks to bring together the commissioning activities of local health bodies and the local authority where this aligns with delivery of the joint strategy, seeking value for money and equity of access and outcomes.

The statutory membership of the Board comprises at least one councillor of the local authority nominated by the Leader of the council; the Directors of Adult Social Services, Children's Services and Public Health of the local authority; a representative of the local Healthwatch; a representative of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the NHS Commissioning Board (for specific purposes) and such other persons as the Board, or the local authority after consulting the Board, thinks appropriate.

A Sub-Committee of the Board to be called the Integrated Commissioning Board’, is to be established in 2015 to bring together the joint commissioning activities of the council and the CCG for the delivery of children’s and health and social care services, and control of the council and the CCG’s ‘Section 75’ pooled budgets.

More details on the Health and Wellbeing Board