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Cornwall's Health and Wellbeing Board works to improve health and wellbeing, help identify and meet needs across Cornwall and work together to tackle health inequalities.

The Health and Social Care Act, 2012 required Cornwall Council to establish a Health and Wellbeing Board. This took effect from April 2013 and the Board is now a statutory committee of the Council.

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The core purpose of Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board is to provide leadership to improve efficiency, secure better care, health and wellbeing outcomes for the local community and reduce health inequalities.

The Health and Wellbeing Board is expected to encourage effective democratic, patient and carer input into the commissioning of relevant services. The Board is the forum through which those responsible for associated commissioning decisions are held to account and complements the work of the Council’s Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee.

The key functions of the Health and Wellbeing Board include:

  • To undertake a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
    To develop a new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS)
  • To publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services, referred to as the pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA)
  • To promote joined-up working between health and care services
  • To lead on the integration of commissioning, service delivery and pooled budget arrangements

The Board brings together the NHS, social care, public health, safeguarding, voluntary sector, Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner and potentially other local services.

The Board provides a forum through which elected members, Council officers, NHS commissioners, GP consortia and patient champions promote joint working and coordinated commissioning across the public health agenda.

In November 2013, Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly hosted visits by an external health and wellbeing peer challenge team led by the Local Government Association.

The peer challenge aimed to help Cornwall Council and its partners implement their statutory health responsibilities and focused on three elements:

  1. Effective Health and Wellbeing Boards
  2. The transfer of the public health function to councils
  3. The establishment of a local Healthwatch.

The links below are to Cornwall's position statement to the peer challenge team and a letter summarising their findings:

The Health and Wellbeing Board meetings dates, agendas, papers and minutes are published online and can be accessed via the link below:

Health and Wellbeing Board: agendas, papers and minutes