Merton Health and Wellbeing board
- Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health
- Dr Kay Eilbert, Director of Public Health Merton
- Clarissa Larsen, Health & Wellbeing Board Partnership Manager
Health and Wellbeing Boards have been created to deliver strategic, local leadership in health and wellbeing. The work of HWBs are central to informing the commissioning of health and social care services in Merton and have a core role in encouraging joined-up services across the NHS, social care, public health and other local partners.
Merton Health and Wellbeing Board’s (HWB) full statutory responsibilities have now been in place since April 2013 and a Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board has been working in Merton since 2011.
The HWB brings together the Council, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, HealthWatch and the voluntary and community sector with a shared focus on improving the health and wellbeing in Merton.
All meetings of the Health and Wellbeing Board are held in public and full details appear on Merton Council's Democratic Services' web pages.
The membership of Merton Health and Wellbeing Board includes 13 members with representatives from the Council, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group and strong representation from the voluntary and community sector.
- Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health (Chair)
- Cabinet Member for Children’s Services
- Councillor for the Opposition
- Director of Communities and Housing
- Director of Children, Schools and Families
- Director of Public Health
- Merton CCG Chair
- Merton CCG Clinician
- Merton CCG Chief Officer
- Merton CCG Head of Commissioning
- Representative of HealthWatch
- Representative Merton Voluntary Service Council
- Representative of the Community Engagement Network
Health and Social Care Act 2012
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set up Health and Wellbeing Boards as statutory for each local authority from April 2013.The Act:
- Sets up Health and Wellbeing Boards as council committees
- Establishes a core membership for Health and Wellbeing Boards with flexibility to expand locally.
- Applies a mutual obligation on councils and clinical commissioning groups to undertake the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and develop a local joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
- Sets expectations of alignment of health, social care, public health and other commissioning plans.
- Promotes joint commissioning and integrated provision.
- Sets a duty for Health and Wellbeing Boards to involve users and the public in JSNA and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
- Gives Health and Wellbeing Boards a role in annual assessments of clinical commissioning groups and their authorisation process.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
Health and Wellbeing Boards are required to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) with Councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups. The JSNA provides a broad base of evidence, a ‘picture of place’ of local health and wellbeing needs and assets. http://www.mertonjsna.org.uk/
Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The Health and Wellbeing Board developed a Merton Health and Wellbeing draft Strategy which set key priorities to be aligned with health, social care, public health and other commissioning plans. The strategy provides the focus for the partnership work of the HWB and determine its core areas of influence. The vision for the first Merton Health and Wellbeing Strategy is:
By working with communities and residents, to increase the opportunities for all adults and children to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life and reduce health inequalities
Further information on the Health and Wellbeing Strategy is available by emailing HealthandWellbeingBoard@merton.gov.uk
The Health and Wellbeing Board works closely with other bodies particularly HealthWatch and Healthier Communites and Older People Overview and Scrutiny Panel:
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 includes a requirement on local authorities to establish a local HealthWatch in their area. www.healthwatch.co.uk/directory/merton
Healthier Communites and Older People Overview and Scrutiny Panel:
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the Health and Wellbeing Board, please contact us in one of the following ways:
Health and Wellbeing Board Partnership Manager
Merton Civic Centre
Tel: 0208 545 4871