Health and Wellbeing Board
Waltham Forest Health and Wellbeing Board was set up in 2013 and is a partnership between leaders from the health and care system, democratically elected members and patient representatives. The HWBB works with the Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group and public health team to help provide the right health services for you, working with to provide the right health services in the borough. The Board meets quarterly in public.
Duties of the Health and Wellbeing Board include:
- Creation of a strategy – the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20 (pdf 1.9 MB) to reflect needs and influence what health, social care and public health services are commissioned
- To assess the needs of the population through the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
- To promote joint commissioning and integrated provision, joining up social care, public health and NHS services with wider local authority services
The Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20 (pdf 1.9 MB) sets out how we plan to deliver health services in the borough until 2020. This strategy will improve health and reduce inequalities.
To do this, the strategy focuses on:
- the best start in life: develop, thrive and achieve
- healthy, longer, happy lives: prosperous, active and sustainable
- thriving maturity and protected community: safe, supported and independent
The strategy has been produced by the council’s public health department and Waltham Forest CCG in partnership with the wider council and local residents.
Here are some links to the video made to explain the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Filmed in Waltham Forest, it features our residents and communities, and celebrates our borough and the people who live here.
There are two subcommittees and four sub groups that are accountable to the board, each with their own terms of reference. The sub committees are responsible for delivery and/or scrutiny of certain areas while each subgroup delivers a strategic priority action plan on behalf of the board.
The two subcommittees are:
1. Better Care Together
The key focus of Better Care Together is to bring adult social care and NHS services together to deliver integrated structures and services that provide extra support for people who are more likely to visit A&E, to better meet their needs and create efficiencies. Our group includes the council, Barts Health NHS Trust, North East London NHS Foundation Trust and voluntary organisations, including Age UK.
2. Children’s Health and Wellbeing
Our specific focus is to provide expertise, set priorities and support work on health and wellbeing that benefit children and young people aged under-19, and up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We also monitor the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20 (pdf 1.9 MB) and performance targets as they relate to children and young people. Membership includes a range of services within the council and key NHS organisations.
The four subgroups are:
Alcohol and drugs
Our ambition is to reduce the impact of problematic drug or alcohol use in our communities by working in partnership to offer quality prevention and early intervention services, especially for people who have complex needs.
Our goal is to focus on creative multi-agency solutions that help individuals and families to identify and get help with issues with mental wellbeing early on to prevent more serious mental health problems developing.
End of life care
Our aim is to support the drive to support people to die where they choose to, whether that is at home, a hospice, care home or hospital. The group is working on key areas for change including contracts, social care training, assessment and practice.
Children’s healthy weight
Our ambition is to deliver work – whether this is policy, process or projects – that allows children to make healthy food choices, stay physically active and maintain a healthy weight going forward in their lives. Much of the action plan draws on the Healthy Weight Strategy 2015-2020.
This forum oversees a programme of multi-agency audits. Multi-agency means everyone who worked with the family, such as health, adult social care, education or police.
For more videos and information visit our main Learning and Improving Practice web page.
Check out the Health and Wellbeing section of the Waltham Forest Directory for advice, events and projects that can support you with everything from having a baby, alcohol and drugs, exercise and health conditions to sexual and mental health, counselling and end of life care.