New health and wellbeing board to be established in Leeds
Leeds City Council’s executive board will be updated on the progress made in establishing the new Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board at their meeting next week.
As part of the vision to be the best city in the UK by 2030, Leeds also wants to be the best city for health and wellbeing. To achieve this, inequalities must be addressed and everyone must have access to the same opportunities in order for them to enjoy good health and wellbeing.
The primary purpose of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will be to provide overall strategic leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the city, and making sure that the health of the poorest improves the fastest. One of its first duties will be to approve a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Leeds, setting out the areas that will be focused on, actions that are already underway and monitoring progress being made in achieving outcomes.
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and executive member responsible for health and wellbeing said:
“To achieve our aim of Leeds being the best city in the UK, it is vital that improving the health and wellbeing of residents is at the forefront of everything that we do.
“The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will bring healthcare, social care and public health together with the shared aim of working to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and adults in the city.
“The board is committed to identifying need and highlighting issues of inequality and disadvantage in the city, and setting out a strategic, cross-city approach to ensure that these needs are met.”
Local authorities are now required to establish Health and Wellbeing Boards under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This gives local authorities overall responsibility for driving health improvements for residents and a much stronger role in shaping local services. Membership of the board will include a variety of partners including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Healthwatch and the third sector. The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will be formally established by Leeds City Council at their meeting on 20 May.
The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board will work in partnership to:
• Achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of Leeds;
• Ensure the partners on the Board agree the outcomes to be achieved and how these will contribute to the long term Vision for Leeds 2030;
• Bring commissioners together for children, young people and adults, healthcare, social care and public health to make the best use of our collective resources- the “Leeds pound”;
• Promote collaboration, partnership and integration between NHS, social care, public health and other local services.
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