What is a Health and Wellbeing Board?

Health and wellbeing boards were established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to act as a forum in which key leaders from the local health and care system could work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population. They became fully operational on 1 April 2013 in all 152 local authorities with adult social care and public heath responsibilities.  They have a statutory duty, with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), to produce a joint strategic needs assessment and a joint health and wellbeing strategy for their local population.

What is a Health and Wellbeing Strategy?

A Health and Wellbeing strategy identifies priorities for health and wellbeing for local populations and the approaches that will be taken to bring about improvements in these areas.  Work done by organisations supporting health and wellbeing in local areas should be informed by and have regard to the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  Portsmouth's previous strategy ran from 2018-2021, so we now need to refresh this to focus on the next few years. 

How has the draft strategy been developed?

In developing a draft strategy for 2022- 2030, the Health and Wellbeing Board have taken in to account:

-Evidence of what is happening around health and wellbeing outcomes in Portsmouth

-An assessment of our progress against the previous strategy

-Latest relevant national guidance, strategies and plans

-Insight from local residents and communities

-Learning from the pandemic and the response locally

Why does the strategy matter?

The strategy will be an important document for health services in Portsmouth, as it will inform commissioning decisions and also influence decisions that are taken across wider city services, including education, development and community safety.

What priorities have been identified for Portsmouth?

For the period 2022-2030, the priorities that have been identified are:

-Tackling Poverty

-Improving educational attainment

-Positive Relationships in safer communities


-Air quality and active travel

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