What is the Health and Wellbeing Board

Adding years to life and adding life to years

Health and Wellbeing Boards are a key element of the new health and social care system. The boards bring together commissioners of services across the NHS, public health, social care and children’s services, and build on the current strong local partnerships and joint working across health and social care within Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes Council has provided strategic leadership in developing a Heath and Wellbeing Board for Milton Keynes.

What do the terms Health and Wellbeing mean?

Health - "a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

Wellbeing - a person's social, economic, emotional, spiritual and medical state. Usually if wellbeing is high a person feels positive, while low wellbeing means they feel more pessimistic.

The Board

Strong relationships between the members are needed to make this Board a success. Members will work together towards a common goal and a new way of looking at things.

What is the Board doing?

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives health and wellbeing boards specific functions which include the preparation of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs), these are duties of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The overarching strategic priorities of the Milton Keynes Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018 - 2028 (PDF, 2.4MB) are:

Staying Well

  • a strong focus on prevention

Closing the Gap

  • reducing inequalities in life chances

One MK

  • an integrated, innovative approach to health and wellbeing

How does this affect you and do you need to do anything?

You will be involved and consulted about plans and major decisions around health and social care.

The Health and Wellbeing Board will also respond to your views by having local Councillors as members and both the Healthwatch and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations (VCSE) are there to put your views across.

Last Updated: 24 July 2018