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Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Report from Health & Wellbeing Board – 22 Jan 19

Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 22nd January 2019

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:  

Draft Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) 2019/20

Ruth Tennant, the new Director of Public Health presented the JSNA summary for 2019/20.  The JSNA has been prepared over the last four months utilising the latest available data about the health and wellbeing of Solihull’s population.  The report was in two parts, a very detailed evidence summary and an excellent Infographic summary which acts as an executive summary. The document takes a life course approach with chapters on best start in life, living well and ageing well as well as a chapter on sustainable places and healthy communities.  The JSNA noted that inequality in life expectancy in Solihull is one of the highest in the country and has increased over the last few years for both men and women.

The JSNA was welcomed by the Health and Wellbeing Board and will be used by them to challenge the commissioning and funding plans of local agencies to ensure that they are tacking local health and care priorities.

School Readiness in Solihull

The Health and Wellbeing Board received an update on the actions being taken to increase school readiness in Solihull and were asked to endorse the recommended new approach.  The ‘Five to Thrive’ approach across the health and early education system as a framework for effective messaging to promote good baby brain development. This includes Talk – Play – Relax – Cuddle – Respond, with training given to professionals and volunteers in communities to embed the approach, conveying consistent messages and delivering evidence-based activities.

Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

Paul Jennings, Birmingham and Solihull CCG, updated the Health and Wellbeing Board on the recent conference held at the Villa ground to tell people what was happening with the Birmingham and Solihull STP.  The conference was seen to be a success with 150 delegates, and an opportunity to lay to rest some of the myths around STP, for example that there are no plans to close any hospitals as have been mooted in some other locations.  He was particularly pleased to see Public Health and preventative services once more back as a golden thread running though all initiatives. The draft report from the conference will be out soon. It was noted that the third sector are really important part of the picture in terms of mental health support and provision.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:  

Look out for the JSNA and the Infographic summary.  

Date of Next Meeting:  25th June 2019

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 07578169045 or email