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Health and wellbeing boards bulletin - June 2012

Welcome to the latest edition of the Health and wellbeing boards bulletin, produced by The King's Fund. This monthly bulletin brings together policy, guidance, news, opinion and events related to health and wellbeing boards. If you have any feedback or questions, please contact us on HWB@kingsfund.org.uk

Featured event

Transforming local health services
11th September 2012, The King’s Fund, London

Will health and wellbeing boards succeed in bringing together the local NHS, public health and local government in effective and dynamic partnerships that achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for their local population?

This question is at the heart of our new conference for NHS, local government and third sector professionals who are tasked with understanding the upcoming challenges and opportunities of transforming their local health service.

GSK Impact Awards
GSK IMPACT Awards logo - 2013

The GSK IMPACT Awards which provide funding and free leadership training for health charities will be launched on 2nd July at www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards. Further information will be contained in the next bulletin. It may be useful for health and wellbeing boards to be aware of the work that charities are doing in local communities.

Guidance, policy and research

Health and wellbeing boards secondary legislation consultation
Informal views are being sought to help develop proposals for the technical regulations that will apply to health and wellbeing boards from April 2013. The intention with the regulations is to give as much flexibility to local areas as possible and to build on how shadow boards are already running. Stakeholder input is sought so that in practice, the regulations are robust yet give enough freedom to local areas to be able to shape their board in a way that fits best with their circumstances.

Guides to social media, council scrutiny and getting the public onside
This series provides those working in or with clinical commissioning groups with concise, expert advice on all aspects of patient and public engagement in the new system. The latest cover the basics of social media, working with local authority scrutiny and building public support for change.

Vision planning guidance: evidence based approaches to developing a local vision plan
This guidance has been developed for the use of leads within CCGs, the voluntary sector, health, local authorities, patients and service users to support the co-production of a local strategic vision plan, based on the evidence of current and future service needs.

Enablers and barriers to integrated care and implications for Monitor
A consortium, led by Frontier Economics, and including The King’s Fund, The Nuffield Trust and Ernst & Young, was appointed by Monitor to consider issues relating to the delivery of integrated care. This report sets out the evidence, analysis and findings. Monitor are seeking comments on the findings of this report and will be accepting comments until 13th July 2012. 

Listening to children's views on health provision: a rapid review of the evidence
This review provides a synthesis of up-to-date evidence on children and young people's views and experiences of health provision. The report highlights that communication between health professionals and children is often mediated via parents and guardians and makes suggestions for improvements in this area. It also calls for the inclusion of under-16s in NHS surveys in order to represent children's views on healthcare issues.

Working locally: micro-enterprises and building community assets 
This paper examines the lessons NHS decision makers could learn from micro-scale approaches in social care, and the place of micro-enterprise development within an integrated health, care and support system.

Useful resources for health and wellbeing boards
The NHS Confederation has produced various publications and resources which summarise key points of learning and will be shared with other shadow health and wellbeing boards.

Local Government Association's (LGA) health and wellbeing board leadership offer
In this YouTube video Lorna Shaw, Senior Adviser for the LGA's Health and Wellbeing Board Leadership Programme, discusses the leadership and development programme the LGA is currently offering health and wellbeing boards across the country.

Related resources
News and analysis
Local resources

Haringey joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA)
This document pulls together the information on the health and wellbeing of the people of Haringey. It includes evidence about what works and what services are available in order to make decisions about how to commission future services. This is in line with the priorities of the health and wellbeing board, to encourage better working between providers, commissioners and the local authority.

Haringey health and wellbeing strategy 2012-2015
This document presents Haringey's overarching strategy to reduce health inequalities locally. It emphasises the importance of partnership working and joint commissioning of services to achieve a more focused use of resources and better value for money.

Plan to improve health in Derbyshire
Earlier this year Derbyshire residents responded to a questionnaire about five broad priority areas, including children's health, reducing alcohol harm and improving wellbeing for older people, drawn up by Derbyshire's Health and Wellbeing Board. Respondents generally agreed with the priorities and comments were added to those from councils, the health service and voluntary and community sector groups to help draw up a draft Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012-2015. The board has now developed a number of actions for each of the five priority areas and are looking for further comments. The closing date for comments is 2nd September 2012.

Health and wellbeing strategy development for Cornwall – consultation document
This consultation document will be used to form the development of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The shadow Health and Wellbeing Board are seeking views on a number of priorities which have been taken from the evidence base.

Warwickshire health and wellbeing strategy consultation
This strategy sets out the overarching direction for NHS, social care and public health services in Warwickshire. It also describes aspirations for changing the social determinants of health and what can be done to improve health and reduce health inequalities for people in Warwickshire. Warwickshire Council are seeking views on the strategy and will be accepting comments until 3rd September 2012.

Cambridgeshire draft health and wellbeing strategy
This strategy identifies the priority issues that the shadow health and wellbeing board believes are important for local people and outlines how they will be effectively tackled.Comments are being invited until 17th September 2012.

Birmingham Healthwatch consultation
Comments are being invited on how Birmingham health and wellbeing board can establish a Healthwatch that the local community will want to get involved with.

Hackney health and wellbeing strategy
This paper sets out proposals for the strategic direction of Hackney health and wellbeing board. It outlines the strategic priorities identified by the board and new ways of working.

Improving health and wellbeing in East Sussex
This consultation is the first step in developing a three-year plan to improve the health and wellbeing of local people at every stage of their lives. The consultation document is based on detailed studies of local needs. It focuses on the issues that need most attention and where the biggest differences could be made.

Local news

Health and wellbeing boards: implementation and integration
5th July 2012, Central London
As health and wellbeing boards move towards operation, this seminar will be an opportunity to assess the new landscape of public health going forward and to examine how well shadow health and wellbeing boards are collaborating with CCGs, the NHS Commissioning Board, Public Health England and other NHS bodies.

Learning events for LINks members
Various dates and locations
These learning events offer an opportunity to share and embed best practice across all LINks in the run up to local Healthwatch. They are ideal for LINks members who wish to gain more confidence and enhance their skills, as well as those who are new to LINks and want to make a difference to local health and social care services, improve local patient experiences and outcomes, give a voice to those who are seldom heard and hold commissioners and providers to account.

Leading transformation of health & wellbeing programme
September 2012, various locations

This leadership development programme will bring together senior staff from a range of organisations to learn how to develop a model of shared leadership, working in a partnership environment to implement and deliver improvement of health and wellbeing in their local communities. This one year programme for a cohort of no more than 60 senior leaders will commence in September 2012. Applications for this course should be completed by 6th July 2012.

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