31. January 2013 16:45
Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) across the country will have to work closely with local providers of health and care services if they are to be successful, a new report warns.
The NHS Confederation’s report argues that the new responsibilities of the boards, such as creating joint strategic needs assessments and health and wellbeing strategies, can only be met effectively with the help of local assistance.
Jo Webber, Interim Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation, said HWBs would need to take a flexible approach to working with local providers if they are to successfully tackle regional priorities.
The report, Stronger together: how health and wellbeing boards can work effectively with local providers, outlines how local providers must be engaged with to build and establish strong links for service users.
“Over the past year (with funding from the Department of Health) we’ve produced a toolbox of resources to support newly-established health and wellbeing boards,” said Jo Webber. “With this latest publication, all the learning and advice from those with direct experience of engaging with health service providers – from big acute trusts, community service providers, and voluntary sector organisations – is being shared throughout the system, so the new boards can make use of the best tools for their local needs.”
The report was developed as part of the National Learning Network for health and wellbeing boards, which was funded by the DH and supported by the NHS Confed, the Local Government Association and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement with the aim to share the learning and support of well-functioning HWBs.