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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Health & Wellbeing Board – 5th March 2013

A report from Anne Hastings from the 5th March 2013 meeting of the Health & Wellbeing Board.

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

The Terms of Reference of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board were agreed, with the overall aim of the Board being to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Solihull from pre-birth to end of life , reduce inequalities and improve quality of health and social care services. It will do this by promoting a strategy of prevention, early intervention, re-ablement and rehabilitation; supported wherever possible by community based public health programmes, education, health care and social care.

An update was provided on the new NHS Commissioning Board and its future role. It will be a Public Body with overall responsibility for overseeing the planning, delivery and day to day operation of the NHS from 1st April 2013. Its role will cover Partnerships and relationships (both locally and nationally); Direct Commissioning (eg specialist cancer services); Quality Improvement and leadership; Governing Frameworks (eg the NHS Constitution and Mandate); Patient Safety. The Mandate sets out the objectives of the NHS Commissioning Board over the next two years and the 5 key areas where the Government expects to see improvements:

  • Preventing people from dying prematurely
  • Enhancing quality of life for people with long term conditions
  • Helping people to recover from episodes of ill-health or following injury
  • Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm

The Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Annual Report 2011-12 has been published and was brought to the H&WBB to ensure that arrangements are in place to embed safeguarding into the commissioning activity carried out by the Board. A protocol has been agreed between the LSCB and the H&WBB to define how they will work together going forward.

Healthwatch Solihull goes live on the 1st April 2013. The Service Specification for the new body has been published which includes the need to agree how Healthwatch Solihull representatives will be selected for the H&WBB and other strategic bodies.

The Counter Terrorism Local Profile was presented which considered the Threat, Risk and Vulnerability of Solihull. The risk is currently considered to be low despite the existence of some high profile companies eg NEC, Birmingham Airport, Land Rover etc and the proximity to neighbours where the risk is considered to be much higher, e.g. Birmingham and Coventry.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

None specific to the Voluntary Sector

Date of Next Meeting:

21st May 2013