Local authorities are being invited to join a network of ‘early implementers’ for health and wellbeing boards.
The network will be a way for local authorities to develop their approach with other local areas, to share experiences and learn from each other. The Department of Health has worked with an initial group of 25 councils to design the network’s focus and approach, which will be developed further as more areas join the network.
Health and wellbeing boards will bring together elected representatives, local HealthWatch (who will represent people who use services) and health and social care commissioners, such as GPs and directors of public health, to plan the right services for their area.
The boards are due to be established from 2013, running in shadow form from 2012.