The Westminster health and wellbeing board is made up of partners from the CCG, adult social services, children's services, public health and Healthwatch Westminster. There are also people on the board who represent the patients and carers, the community and voluntary sector, and our local faith groups.
The health and wellbeing board members work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Westminster’s population.
The health and wellbeing board was established as part of the government's changes to the health and social care system, as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It became a statutory committee of the London Borough of Westminster on 1 April 2013.
This partnership will drive innovation around the chosen priority areas of the joint health and wellbeing strategy, identify opportunities for collaboration and integration across agencies, and develop direct links to service users and patients.
The board has a duty to produce a joint health and wellbeing strategy, which contains priorities for action for Westminster.
You can find out more about the health and wellbeing board on the Westminster City Council website.
The Westminster Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy can be found here.
The Westminster Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy Evidence Based Document can be found here.
The Work of the Board
In April 2016 the Board started a refresh of strategy in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including patients, providers, staff and local businesses. The vision is to plan future health and wellbeing services that will effectively tackle Westminster's unique health concerns. Engagement activity began in April 2016, where local residents and organisations identified key health and wellbeing themes that were most important to them.
The strategy was published for public consultation in July and closed on 16 October 2016. During the consultation period, engagement events took place with providers, local businesses and the public. The strategy acts as the vehicle for our local Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
Our initial workshop to identify priorities was well attended by over 40 representatives including patients, community and voluntary sector organisations, CCG members and Local Authority representatives. Further engagement events have informed the strategy further and will be incorporated into defining the final strategy and delivery.
Providers came together to inform us on their views with representation from 10 of our providers and valuable input was received to help shape the strategy. A public event has also been held and this encouraged around 30 people to find out more about the strategy and give their views on the plans. There were also around 20 people engaged with providing stalls or activities on the day that improve health and wellbeing. The event with local businesses attracted around 40 representatives and there was lots of interest from those who attended to get more involved in the implementation stage.
Engagement with our stakeholders ensures that we are better equipped to transform health and care in Westminster, with a focus on prevention, self-care, wellbeing and effective community care outside of hospitals. The strategy was published on 13 December 2016 and we are currently working closely with local authority and voluntary and community sector partners to develop a shared implementation plan for 2017/2018.