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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Health and Wellbeing Board of Tuesday 6th November 2012

A report from Anne Hastings & Joanne Mackinnon on the Solihull Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board of Tuesday 6th November 2012

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion

Your reps would urge all voluntary sector organisations to respond to the Health and Wellbeing strategy consultation which seeks to know if people agree with the vision for health and wellbeing in Solihull. See info hear. Deadline 28 December

Responses need to be sent o Sangeeta Leahy, Public Health, Solihull Council, Council House, Manor Square, West Midlands, B91 3QB or via email to

Wider Interest Discussed

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Director of Public Health provided a verbal update, explaining that the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy is currently out for consultation.  He made it known that he is willing to attend different forums to present the strategy.  The main Strategy priorities are:

  • Give every child the best start in life – starting well
  • Maximize capabilities and control – developing well
  • Create fair employment and good work for all  – working well
  • Ensuring a healthy standard of living for all – living well
  • Sustainable place and communities – living well
  • Strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention – living well
  • Ensure people receive the care and support they need across the life course – ageing well

Neighbourhood Care Scheme

Jan Phillips has recently conducted an independent evaluation of Age UK Solihull’s Neighbourhood Care Scheme and this was presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board as an excellent example of preventing social isolation in older people.  The links between the service model and the themes and aspirations of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy were stressed.  Jan detailed the financial costs of running the scheme and also emphasised that 864 volunteer hours were donated per month. Concern was expressed about the loss of this vital community support from so many dedicated volunteers if alternative funding is not found when the Big Lottery funding ceases in March 2013.

The Director of Public Health detailed how the findings within the report were consistent with the Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy. He explained how Health and Social Care Services for Older People were undergoing redesign and he emphasised the need to ensure a link up with commissioners.

Local Healthwatch development in Solihull

The Partnership and Performance Officer presented the report, providing an update on the work undertaken. She detailed how, rather than going out for tender, they had decided to develop a local Healthwatch function organically, in order to draw on local knowledge and experience. It was noted that a visioning event had been undertaken in October with a final report to be published in December, the findings from this would be shared with the Shadow Board.

The Partnership and Performance Officer detailed how they were undertaking the recruitment process for the Independent Chair post of Healthwatch Solihull and were looking to appoint the successful candidate by January 2013.

Communications and Engagement

The Project Manager for Neighbourhoods provided a verbal update in regards to the Connecting Communities Programme, detailing how they were looking to establish stronger community engagement across the Borough, especially inSolihull. A workshop was held at the end of October, where they brought together providers and representatives from the local community, to share views and provide feedback. The Project Manager for Neighbourhoods detailed how they were looking to arrange future workshop sessions, to allow further learning opportunities.

Ageing Well Strategy

The Project Manager for Neighbourhoods presented the report, and detailed how they had considered ways of engaging effectively with older people, noting that as older people became better at expressing what they wanted, this allowed the range of activities available to be increased, as well as provide older people greater opportunities to contribute.  She detailed how a survey undertaken by Age UK Solihull had indicated that many older people felt they couldn’t influence decisions made in their area or felt their contribution was valued.

In terms of taking this forward, they were proposing a ‘pilot’ networked approach to engagement. She detailed how they were intending to identify a small number of organisations that already had connections with older people. The Project Manger explained how they would look to train staff in different techniques to engage older people, to hold conversations with them around key themes identified by the Shadow Board. She detailed how they would look for staff to hold appreciative inquiry with older people to focus on what has worked in the past and identify solutions to any issues.

Public Health

The Director of Public Health presented the report, detailing how they had made good progress in regards to the transfer of Public Health from the NHS to the Council. He explained how the next challenge was to achieve effective transformation of the Public Health system. The Director of Public Health detailed how the Council would not be able to improve the health of the local population on its own and it was important that a range of different agencies recognised the contributions they made – including the local community, the third sector and the business sector.