Early implementers of health and wellbeing boards

Local authorities throughout England have joined the network of early implementers of health and wellbeing boards. The early implementers will create shadow health and wellbeing boards in their council.

Fully fledged boards will be operating in April 2013, when GP consortia will take on responsibility for the NHS budget, subject to Parliamentary approval.

Interactive map of early implementers

A map showing the locations of the early implementer health and wellbeing boards.


£1m to support health and wellbeing boards

Nearly £1million has been made available to support the development of health and wellbeing boards. The funding was announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today at the Local Government Association Conference. It will enable the Department of Health, alongside key… Read more →£1m to support health and wellbeing boards

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Impact of Future Forum recommendations on local authorities

David Behan, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, has written to local authorities outlining how the Government’s response to the NHS Future Forum will affect them. He sets out the proposed changes for health and well… Read more →Impact of Future Forum recommendations on local authorities

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Case study: Newcastle Bridges Commissioning Consortium

The Newcastle care homes project aims to reduce unnecessary emergency admissions to hospital from nursing and residential care homes (described here simply as ‘care homes’) in Newcastle upon Tyne. Continue reading

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Case study: South Reading Consortium

An ophthalmology referral refinement service has been set up in Berkshire to reduce the number of unnecessary referrals into secondary care. Continue reading

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Case study: NHS South Central

NHS South Central has been running an Enhanced Recovery Programme to enable many people to return home well after only one or two nights in hospital, with replacement hips and knees or after having major cancer surgery. Continue reading

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Case study: NHS Cambridgeshire Senate

NHS Cambridgeshire has approached the challenge of ensuring effective clinical leadership, during the transition to clinically-led commissioning in April 2013, by establishing a ‘Senate’ of eight elected GPs. These clinicians have been given the responsibility for ensuring that decisions made by NHS Cambridgeshire over the next two years are understood and owned by local GPs. Continue reading

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Hoping for impact for local communities

John Sinnott

John Sinnott, Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Council – an early implementer of health and wellbeing boards – writes here in the first of a regular blog I’m involved in system change in two key ways. First, as Chief Executive… Read more →Hoping for impact for local communities

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Case study: Integrated Care Commissioning

This case study explores how Integrated Care Commissioning, a first-wave GP Pathfinder representing 26 practices in South Birmingham with a registered patient population of 155,000, has set up partnerships with local authority and third sector organisations to deliver new services… Read more →Case study: Integrated Care Commissioning

Local government and the future of social care

In this film David Behan, Director General for Social Care, sets out the vision for the future of social care and how he is working with local Government to create new health and wellbeing boards. You can read a summary… Read more →Local government and the future of social care

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Early implementers of health and wellbeing boards announced

Local authorities throughout England have signed up to join a network of early implementers of health and wellbeing boards. The boards will remove divisions between the NHS and local authorities and give communities greater say in the services needed to… Read more →Early implementers of health and wellbeing boards announced