The Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board provides leadership and direction to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people and reduce health inequalities. It became a fully constituted partnership body in April 2013 and acts as the main strategy forum for health, social care and public health in the county. It brings together representatives from the county council, district and borough councils, NHS providers and commissioners, Health Watch and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Its key responsibilities include the following:
- To identify needs and priorities across Warwickshire in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) so that commissioning/policy decisions and priorities are based on evidence
- To develop and publish a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy that addresses needs identified in the JSNA
- To receive and consider the commissioning plans of the clinical commissioning groups, public health and social care
- To have oversight of the use of relevant public sector resources to identify opportunities for the further integration of health and social care services.
The Board is an important part of wider plans to strengthen working relationships between health and social care; encourage the development of more joined-up services; and giving communities a greater say in understanding and addressing local health and care needs. It also works closely with the Coventry Health and Wellbeing Board and as part of a Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership, and links to Health and Wellbeing Partnerships in South Warwickshire, Rugby and Warwickshire North to address more local needs.