Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board
Sandwell's Health and Wellbeing Board brings together influential people from the council and NHS - including council cabinet members (councillors) and doctors responsible for planning and arranging health services - and a community representative (from Healthwatch Sandwell). We make sure that services work together with the same aims, so that resources (time, money and people) are used where they can make the biggest impact. By working together we will be more effective than working separately.
We want everyone in Sandwell to have an equal opportunity to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. As a council, we have a responsibility to make sure that the services we provide or arrange help improve the lives of all our citizens. The council must work closely with health and community services and with local people, if we are going to improve health and wellbeing. The meetings are held in public and you can view the agenda and acccompanying papers before the meeting using our Council Management Information System. Who sits on the board?
Our Chair, Cllr Ann Shackleton wants to keep everyone updated on what's happening at the Board. Read the Chair's blog.
The next board meeting is on Thursday 1 February 2018 from 4.30 - 6.30pm at Wednesbury Town Hall, Hollyhead Road, WS10 7DF.
What are we doing?
In order to make improvements we first need to have an accurate picture of the health and care needs of people in Sandwell now, and what is needed for the future. We must:
- agree on what is most important
- plan out what we need to do to make the biggest impact
- be clear about how this will happen, who will do it and when
- set measurable aims and objectives, so we can report on the progress we are making.
Finding out what local people need
The council and health services have already worked together to look at the current and future health and social care needs of people in Sandwell. This research forms part of a set of information called the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which is updated regularly.
The Sandwell approach to conducting a JSNA uses an individual assessment for each identified need or priority. There are a number of JSNAs already published which can be accessed by viewing the Sandwell Trends pages and there are further JSNAs currently in progress which will be published as soon as they are completed.
A joint strategic needs and assets assessment on mental health was published in March - Find out more here
A joint strategic needs assessment on our 5-19 young people was published in September. Find out more here
We are currently developing a refresh of our pharmaceutical needs assessment or PNA. The PNA helps us to understand the current and future pharmaceutical needs for local people. See the 2015 document here
Planning to make an impact
The Health and Wellbeing Board wants to work with local people to improve health and wellbeing and make sure that everyone who lives and works in Sandwell is treated fairly, with the same chances in life as everyone else.
All of this, and what the board are going to do to achieve these aims, is described in the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016 - 2020.
Our priority areas
The board has identified four key priorities where we feel we can make an impact. They are:
- We will help keep people healthier for longer
- We will help keep people safe and support communities
- We will work together to join up services and
- We will work closely with local people, partners and providers of services
In January 2017, the Board agreed that in order to make specific improvements to the lives of local Sandwell people it needed to focus down on two priorities and work out how we can best make improvements jointly. The board agreed to focus on priority 3; We will work together to join up services and priority 2; We will help keep people safe and support communities. Each focus theme is being developed and led by an elected councillor and lead officer who will drive change.
- Improving the support people receive at the end of their lives, led by Cllr Syeda Khatun and Toby Lewis
- Helping adults with mental health issues better find the support they need, led by Cllr Elaine Costigan and Caroline Nolan
- Lessening the time it takes for people to be discharged from hospital, led by Cllr Ann Shackleton and David Stevens
We also recognise that priority 2- We will help keep people safe and support communities. We are working closely with the police and other partners to reduce violence and exploitation, led by Cllr Simon Hackett and Chief Superintendent Richard Baker.
Let us know your views
What do you think of our plans? Do you think the board is focusing on the right things? What are your experiences in your local area? What are you doing and how can you help to improve health and wellbeing in Sandwell?
You can contact the Health and Wellbeing Board by emailing a member of the board directly, or by email to HWB_Board@sandwell.gov.uk
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