The responsibility for Public Health in the area was transferred to the Council in April 2013, this led to the creation of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
A Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been created separately that commissions local health services, headed by local family doctors. They will for example buy hospital, rehabilitation, mental health and community health services.
An independent Healthwatch group has been created to advise on NHS services and care in the Borough and represent the needs and views of local people, patients and providers to help improve health and wellbeing.
The Health and Wellbeing Board will ensure that the Council and the CCG work effectively together in planning health and social care services to improve health and wellbeing in Telford and Wrekin. The Board, through its terms of reference, has specific responsibility for:
- ongoing development of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
- developing a high-level, all age, Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy
- establishment of sound joint commissioning arrangements
- development of Healthwatch - a new patient and service users group
- transfer of Public Health responsibilities to the local authority
- maintaining effective relationships between the Health Scrutiny Committee and other partnerships
- Pharmacy Needs Assessment (PNA)
View the Health and Wellbeing newsletter published by the board.
Priorities and strategy
The Health and Wellbeing Board has reviewed its strategy and priorities for 2016-2019 – the Health and Wellbeing Strategy includes priorities for its work over the coming three years. In developing its priorities and strategy, the Board has taken account of feedback received from local people in response to the ‘Are you Healthy, Safe and Independent’ survey as well as considering local data about services and community needs.
The strategy and priorities were shared for comment with partners and stakeholders as well as members of the public who were asked what they would want to see change as a result of the priorities and how they and their communities could contribute.
The three cross-cutting priorities where the Board wants to make the fastest progress are:
- Encourage healthier lifestyles
- Improve mental wellbeing and mental health
- Strengthen our communities and community based support