What are health and wellbeing boards?
The Health and Social care Act 2012 establishes health and wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.
The Essex Health and Wellbeing Board members will collaborate to understand their local community’s needs, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined up way. As a result, patients and the public should experience more joined-up services from the NHS and local councils in the future.
Health and wellbeing boards are a key part of broader plans to modernise the NHS to:
- ensure stronger democratic legitimacy and involvement
- strengthen working relationships between health and social care, and,
- encourage the development of more integrated commissioning of services.
The boards will help give communities a greater say in understanding and addressing their local health and social care needs.
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