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Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Report from Health & Wellbeing Board – 11 Mar 19

Meeting Name: Health and Wellbeing Board

Date of Meeting: 11th March 2019

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:  

Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (BSOL)

An update was received from BSOL on their commissioning plans, the NHS 10 year plan and the delivery of the Sustainable Transformation Partnership (STP).  There is good alignment between the STP and the NHS 10 year plan with a strong focus on Prevention and Personalisation (with a target to double the number of Personal Health budgets) and the wider determinants of good health.  Local engagement events are to be run by Healthwatch. The move to Primary Care Networks is seen as a vital strand of achieving better health and wellbeing for our population, together with an increased focus on Social Prescribing.

Strategic Housing Framework

The Health and Wellbeing Board received a progress report on the Strategic Housing Framework which is a Council Key programme.  They are currently working across six priority areas, which are: Accelerating housing delivery; meeting local needs; improving the condition of private housing; Private rented sector (enforcement and access); Wellbeing and specialist housing and Homelessness.

Housing is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of Solihull residents and is an important issue for the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Homelessness Review and Strategy 2019

A draft of the 2019 Homelessness Review and Strategy was presented for consideration and endorsement of its recommendations ahead of the final drafts being prepared for consideration by the Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing at his decision session at the end of the month. The draft strategy is recommended as a basis for joint work with partners to extend and improve knowledge of homelessness and its implications, extend, improve and co-ordinate services to prevent and relieve homelessness and to support vulnerable people at all stages.  There are also plans to develop Solihull’s first Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Strategy later on this year when the guidance is issued. At the end of 2018 there were about 800 households (families and single people) in Solihull for whom homelessness was an actual or potential issue in their lives. The total number of households who could be considered homeless is 337, of which rough sleeping only accounts for 4 with another 500 potentially at risk.

Autism Centre Developments

There are currently 80 out of borough placements for children with autism so the news that Solihull has been successful in being granted funding for an autism free school is very welcome, particularly as it was one of 39 out of 60 bids to be approved.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:  

Voluntary sector colleagues should keep a close watch on what is happening with the NHS 10-year plan regarding prevention strategies which our sector is extremely good at championing and delivering.

Date of Next Meeting:  25th June 2019

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 07578169045 or email anne.hastings@ageuksolihull.org.uk