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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Report from Health & Wellbeing Board – 23 Jan 18

Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 23rd January 2018

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Early help in Solihull

The Board were updated on changes to Early Help in Solihull and the shift to a more targeted service offer which involves interventions for people who are at risk of, or already exhibiting problems.  This has been caused by the demands on children’s social care and budgetary pressures, whereas ideally work would be targeted at earliest help to prevent the onset of problems in the first place.  The Better Start Initiative, provides some good examples of how services can be co-produced with communities such as ‘parent champions’ and the next stage is consult with wider partners on some of these ideas to explore how they might work in Solihull.

Corporate Parenting

The Board received an update report on Corporate Parenting and the implementation of the corporate parenting strategy. Top tier local authorities are required to act as corporate parents for children in their care and for care leavers until they are 25 year old. The key achievements have been the drawing of a wider range of membership into the Corporate Parenting Group, with more officers from a range of directorates and more elected members; a vibrant ‘children in care council’ Our Voice, our services (Ovos); broadened the recognition of corporate parenting responsibilities, including the development of ‘corporate aunts and uncles’, plus establishing a Corporate Parenting Association which will raise funds to support activities, leaning and personal development for looked after children and care leavers. 18 Care Leavers went to University this year, which is excellent.

All Age Autism Strategy

An update on the progress of the Solihull All Age Autism Strategy and the implementation of the delivery plan was given.  The Autism Act of 2009 requires Local Authorities to develop an Autism Strategy, however Solihull has chosen to develop an all age strategy rather than focus solely on adults as it is best practice and is consistent with the Council’s commitment to ‘Lives not Services’

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

It was noted that the name has changed from ST Plans to ST Partnerships. Three headline issues were identified for STP’s to focus on Improving quality and developing new model of care/Improving health and wellbeing/Improving efficiency of services

Progress to date includes the local recognition that the immediate focus needed to be on system stabilisation, in order to first establish firm foundations upon which further system-wide developments could then be built.  This included UHB and HEFT merger plans; BWH merger with BCH and the plans for a single B’ham and Solihull CCG from April 2018, which will include addressing the historical Solihull CCG financial challenges.  It is now time to refresh the plans, including via engagement with wider stakeholders and communities.  The proposed revised vision is ‘To help everyone in Birmingham and Solihull to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible’

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

  • Look out for the STP stakeholder engagement opportunities
  • Think about how the Voluntary Sector can support Community led early help initiatives

Date of Next Meeting:  20th March 2018

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 0121 711 3410 / 07578 169045 or email