Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Board Updates: 2016

 

January 2016

A new statutory Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) has been produced, which assesses the health and wellbeing needs in the Borough. The JSNA will now be promoted widely and updated on an ongoing basis rather than being a static document.

As part of the JSNA process, priority health and wellbeing needs are to be identified. Therefore a prioritisation exercise was undertaken with a range of stakeholders (including the public) to identify priority health and wellbeing needs. The Board has considered and used the findings of the prioritisation exercise to inform discussions about Board priorities. This will inform the development of a new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy which will be further developed at a dedicated Strategy Development Session with the Board on 18 February 2016. A new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2016-20) is to be produced by summer 2016.

March 2016

On 18 February 2016, the Health and Wellbeing Board held an informal session that was dedicated to the development of the new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20. At this meeting the Board agreed two priorities;

  • Promoting Healthy Living and;
  • Promoting Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health.

In addition, the Board had an in depth discussion about its specific role in the delivery of the strategy and improving health and wellbeing in the Borough. As a result of discussion it was agreed that a new approach be explored in regard to mental health. The proposed approach is to have a single shared plan across the Borough, with pooled resources from all partners as appropriate but as a minimum the CCG and the Council will pool all resources connected to the mental health programme.

Following the development session further work through a small working group will develop a draft strategy for the Board’s further consideration. A new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2016-20) is to be produced by summer 2016.

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April 2016

The Health and Wellbeing Board met on 31 March 2016 and discussed the Better Care Fund, the NHS Five Year Forward View and the latest draft of the refreshed Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20.

Two emerging priorities have been identified for the new strategy, “Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health” and “Healthy Living”.

We will now take comments on the draft Strategy from Health and Wellbeing Board members before going out to consultation with wider stakeholders and the community. The final version of the strategy will be signed off by the Health and Wellbeing Board in June 2016.

August 2016

The Health and Wellbeing Board held its first formal meeting of 2016/17 on 28 July 2016. At this meeting the Board examined the commissioning plans of the partner organisations and agreed that they were aligned to and support the delivery of the new draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20. The Board also approved the final draft of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20 (subject to endorsement at Council and the CCG Governing Body).

The Board also considered and agreed to support a joint campaigns plan and agreed to support actions identified under the Sub Group updates. Specifically the Board agreed to input into a dedicated session on Health and Social Care Personal Budgets at the Engagement Forum and agreed to support joint actions on three health protection areas, antimicrobial resistance, promotion of flu vaccinations for at risk groups and clearly defining local roles and responsibilities in respect of screening and immunisation programmes.

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November 2016

At the last Health and Wellbeing Board held on 20 October 2016, the Board considered the draft Knowsley Children and Young People’s Plan 2016-20 providing feedback on the plan, proposing areas for further development, highlighting linkages to the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20 and overall endorsed the plan. The Board also considered the Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2015/16, which it endorsed.

The Board received updates from its Sub Groups, including progress being made against the Board’s two priorities, Promoting Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health; and Promoting Healthy Living. Linked to the focus of the Board moving forward, members decided to formally invite representation at the Board from the Housing Sector.

The Board also agreed to support a set number of Health and Wellbeing Board Campaigns for 2016/17 and agreed to resource these appropriately.

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