Health & Wellbeing Board

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Health and wellbeing boards are a formal committee of the local authority charged with promoting greater integration and partnership between bodies from the NHS, public health and local government. They have a statutory duty, with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), to produce a joint strategic needs assessment and a joint health and wellbeing strategy for their local population.

The boards have very limited formal powers. They are constituted as a partnership forum rather than an executive decision-making body.

Castle Point and Rochford have a joint Health and Wellbeing Board. It is made up of members from Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group and;

  • Councillors and officers from Castle Point Borough Council and Rochford District Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Community health services
  • Child and family services
  • Community and voluntary sector services

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2025

This is the new joint three-year health and wellbeing strategy for Castle Point and Rochford. We have co-developed this strategy as a Health and Wellbeing Board over the last 12 months. It is written in our words, based on our knowledge and insight, and tells the story of how we are going to work together to achieve our vision:

Castle Point and Rochford will be inclusive places where everyone is empowered, informed, and supported to live healthy lives.

Our strategy is centred around early intervention and prevention. It focuses on what can be done at a local, grass roots level to make sure everyone has equal opportunities to:
• lead healthy lives and stay in good health for as long as possible
• prevent health issues from occurring that can cause people to become unwell
• address problems at an earlier stage to stop them getting worse
• receive the right help and support when they need it.

We are focusing on an all-age approach across our four priorities – mental health and wellbeing, physical health and wellbeing, ageing well, and community resilience. These outline the areas we plan to tackle to help improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and reduce health inequalities. This has become an even bigger task because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People’s lives have changed and so our expectations may need to shift. We recognise that we need to do some things differently if we are to succeed in achieving our vision.

We have solid foundations to build upon. The strength in our collaborative working and the many assets in our communities. We need to preserve, maintain, and capitalise on these to ensure that what our residents value is sustained. Our strategy highlights the importance of maximising our assets, helping people to help themselves, and working together with our communities to design services tailored to individual needs.

It’s important people have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and their health. By working together, we aim to empower people and support our communities to be healthier, more resilient and to thrive.

This strategy outlines what we intend to do, and our action plan will detail how we intend to do it. Together we are responsible for overseeing its delivery, and monitoring our progress, to make sure we achieve our desired outcomes.

Castle Point & Rochford Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022 - 2025

You can find out more information about the work of Health and Wellbeing Board on the Rochford District Council website Health and Wellbeing | Rochford District Council.