Health and Wellbeing Update

The next meeting of Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board takes place on 8th July. This will be an important meeting, with the Board considering the outcome of its governance review and proposals for its future operation. The Board will be asked to determine the form of governance, principles of working, its sub-structure and an action plan to address the remaining recommendations from the earlier LGA Peer Challenge.

The Director of Public Health’s Annual Report will be presented. The theme of this year’s annual report is children and young people.  It includes a focus on early years, education, mental health, healthy weight, risky behaviours and vulnerable groups.

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The Board will consider the Joint Adult Health & Social Care Self-Assessment Framework and the implementation of the associated Improvement Plan. This self-assessment has helped to improve services for people with a learning disability and the joint assessment has three overarching themes – Stay Healthy, Be Safe and Live Well.

Warwickshire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will report on their 2015/16 Quality Premiums. The Quality Premium is intended to reward CCGs for improvements in the quality of the services they commission and for associated improvements in health outcomes and reducing inequalities. The premium is based on measures that cover a combination of national and local priorities.

Further details about the meeting and reports for each item are available via this Link

Health and Wellbeing Board – 25th March 2015

Warwickshire’s next Health and Wellbeing Board takes place on 25th March 2015. This is a partnership body which brings together representatives from Warwickshire’s district councils, the County Council, clinical commissioning groups, NHS England and Healthwatch. This will be the first meeting since the Health and Wellbeing Peer Challenge that took place in January. The Agenda for this meeting includes:

  • Health & Wellbeing Peer Challenge
  • 0-5 Strategy Group
  • NHS England briefing on Rugby surgeries and the GP funding process
  • Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
  • Warwickshire’s Response to the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

Further details about this meeting are available here: Link

Adult Social Care and Health

Our Councillors have been busy since the last meeting with a number of different working groups having signed off the Quality Accounts for our hospital trusts, ambulance service and Mary Ann Evans Hospice; and the ongoing work looking in-depth at the transition of mental health services.

They will come together for a formal meeting on Wednesday, 16 July (10:00 a.m. at Shire Hall, Warwick) to consider an agenda that looks internally at performance both in Adult Social Care and Public Health. The Children and Young People OSC will also join the committee to consider the People Group Annual Review 2013/14, which covers both children and adults.

This is a public meeting – if you have a question see the agenda for details or just come along to listen.

County Council Meeting – Thursday, 21st March 2013

Councillors will have plenty to talk about at Council on 21st March.

Councillors will have plenty to talk about at the Council meeting on 21st March.

On Thursday, 21st March we’ve got a County Council meeting, which will be held at Shire Hall, Warwick from 10am.  This will be the last full Council meeting of our Council’s four-year term, ahead of the elections in May (more on this soon).

We’ve got a pretty full agenda for the meeting. Amongst other things, we’ll be talking through the following:

  • Councillors will be looking at a report on the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, including some of the risks and challenges it will face in the coming years, and some of the work the Service will be doing to overcome these challenges
  • Councillors will be setting up the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board, which comes about as a result of central government changes to the NHS, which will take effect on 1st April this year
  • Three of our Cabinet Members (who have special responsibility for certain council services) will be updating everyone on the key issues within their portfolios:

Councillor Richard Hobbs will talk through Community Safety issues,

Councillor Heather Timms will focus on Children and Schools

And Councillor Izzi Seccombe will talk through some of the changes in Adult Social Care

You can find the agenda for the meeting and all of the supporting documents on the County Council website.

As with all of the big meetings here at Shire Hall, full Council is open to the public, and we’d encourage residents to attend.

If you’ve got any questions, or would like to know more about Council meetings or how to get involved in local democracy, drop me a line at martynharris@warwickshire.gov.uk or comment below.

Improving the health of people in Warwickshire

On the 21st February this year, we held a public debate on the topic of “improving the health of people in Warwickshire”.

Rather than looking at the changes to the NHS nationally, the debate focused on what could be done locally to help people lead healthy lives, and how the County Council could work better with GPs, the NHS, voluntary groups and other local councils to improve the health of residents.

Around 90 people attended the debate, including members of the public, elected councillors, GPs and other health professionals. And there was consensus from all present that promoting the health and wellbeing of residents should be central to everything the County Council does.

At the debate, we heard that the team responsible for promoting better public health in Warwickshire has moved across from the NHS to the County Council. This team works on a number of proactive campaigns – covering issues such as smoking, obesity, flu vaccinations and sexual health – with a view that “prevention is better than cure”.

Those present welcomed the move, recognising the opportunities for better working in a number of areas ranging from social care to school meals, and country parks to children’s centres. This also applies to the district and borough councils, where housing officers already work with the Public Health team when visiting properties.

Dr John Linnane, Director of Public Health for Warwickshire, highlighted that the average life expectancy across the county varies by up to 8 years depending on which council ward you live in*. Noting the significance of this problem, it was agreed that all health agencies in Warwickshire should work together to address it.

A full list of the agreed actions from the debate can be found here

*(Source – Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report 2011 http://www.warwickshire.nhs.uk/CmsDocuments/40b11b63-656b-4147-914b-f17890e9bdd9.pdf)

Further info

Warwickshire County Council news article

Health and Wellbeing services

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