Health and wellbeing boards: your chance to shape secondary legislation

Informal views are being sought to help develop proposals for the technical regulations that will apply to health and wellbeing boards from April 2013.

The intention with the regulations is to give as much flexibility to local areas as possible and to build on how shadow boards are already running. Stakeholder input will be vital for this, so that in practice, the regulations are robust yet give enough freedom to local areas to be able to shape their board in a way that fits best with their circumstances.

In particular, feedback would be particularly welcome from:

  • senior leaders across local government
  • officers supporting establishment of shadow boards
  • CCG, NHS and patient representatives
  • shadow health and wellbeing board members

Responses will be used to inform proposals and form the basis for recommendations to Ministers later in the summer.

Deadline for feedback is Friday 29 June.

How to feed back

  • General and specific questions are set out in the template attached

For the feedback template: HWB regulations feedback template – DH

For more information: Health and wellbeing boards – 2nd legislation

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6 Responses to Health and wellbeing boards: your chance to shape secondary legislation

  1. Cllr Martyn Ashford says:

    As a member of WCC sitting on Health O&S Committee, I wonder if you could comment on Mental Health Services as I always feel that this service gets cut first?

    • Rod Whiteley says:

      Yes, today’s report by the LSE Mental Health Policy Group suggests that the problem is not confined to Warwickshire. A Health & Wellbeing Board’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the resulting strategy should ensure that local priorities make better sense in future. If they fail to make sense, then the local Healthwatch and elected representatives like yourself should create stink.

      I’m not sure that secondary legislation is vitally important for this. More important at this stage, perhaps, is for people like you and me to work with the present shadow Health and Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups to inform their view of the community’s needs.

  2. Walter D. Park MBE says:

    Legislation must ensure that hard to reach groups and individuals are represented on Health & Wellbeing Boards.

  3. Leslie Marks says:

    It is very unfortunate that the HWBoard meetings have not been to the public so that we can understand what they are proposilng for the new structure. As a representative of older people in Bromley, there are many issues which relate to older people’s needs and it is not possible to feed in comments unless agenda and papers are available.
    Chair, 0lder Peoples Partnership Group, LBBromley

  4. Brenda Thompson says:

    I agree with you, Mental Health services are often poorly provided. My belief is that few GPs are properly trained to deal with patients with mental health problems, know where to send them for help or prescribe the appropriate medication. The DWP is also hard on such people when it comes to deciding on benefits and fails to understand that that the problems come from within and are not necessarily apparent, thus making a person ‘fit for work’.

  5. G Webb says:

    With the past records of some LAs there must be be a mechanism to ensure the HWBs are suitable for purpose at start up. It will be too late to correct once they are in operation.