Health & Wellbeing Board


Update: Wirrals Health and Wellbeing Board are using the new Wirral Plan as their collective and collaborative response to the locally identified needs. Access more information on the Wirral Plan here and underpinning evidence base to support the development of the local strategies to meet the plan's intentions here

Wirral Health & Wellbeing Board papers can be accessed on the Local Authority website

Wirral Health & Wellbeing Board - Terms of Reference here and Memorandum of Understanding here that both identify links to Wirral JSNA 

Practical guidance to engaging with health and wellbeing boards. Compact Voice (May 2015)
This guide, produced in partnership with Regional Voices for Better Health, is aimed at voluntary organisations and provides practical steps to help develop relationships with clinical commissioning groups. They have also published 
Practical guide to engaging with clinical commissioning groups

HEART UK’s assessment of Health & Wellbeing strategies in the North West (April 2015)

Following the publication of their first such report on London Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs), HEART UK conducted a similar audit with a focus instead on North West HWBs. As CVD mortality is highest in the North West of England, HEART UK was interested to see whether North West HWBs placed more emphasis on the need for prevention of CVD. It should be noted that these strategies have been intended to describe collaborative work over and above the partners wotk to reduce local health issues. CVD remains a high priority for Wirral health & wellbeing partners  Read the report here (to follow in autumn 2015)

Supporting influence on health and wellbeing boards: report from survey Spring 2014

This paper presents the findings from a survey looking at how the voluntary and community sector is engaging with health and wellbeing boards. Access the survey results

Wirral's first Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy (2013 to 2015) is now available...

The first Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Wirral is now available. It sets out the overarching framework that describes how the public, private and voluntary sectors will work together with Wirral residents to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. The Health and Wellbeing Board strategy provides a basis for the commissioning of health, social care and wellbeing services in Wirral.
The strategy can be accessed via this link

Taking Stock: A regional review of new local Health & Wellbeing Strategys (June 2013)
This review has been led, initially by North West Transition Alliance and more recently by NHS Employers. As the transition to the new structures in NHS, Local Authority, GPs and beyond approached in April 2013, it was agreed that a review of the emerging Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies in the North West would be useful. The report can be viewed here.

To accompany the report - an event was held in June 2013 with representatives of North West organsations and Department of Health to discuss the strides made and journey undertaken for the provision of the first Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategys and what next. The slides used to highlight the key features of the North West report at the event can be accessed here.

Here is a summary of the discussions from the June 2013 event.


Wirral Health & Wellbeing Board
The content below explains some of the developments of HWBs, both locally and nationally, since 2011.

Latest and Final JHWB, JHWBS & JSNA Guidance released (April 2013)
Developing a Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Wirral (November 2012)

Kings Fund Health & Wellbeing Board Bulletin (August 2012)
NICE guidelines: Public Health briefings for Local Government (July 2012)
Consultation on joint strategic needs assessment and joint health and wellbeing strategy guidance (July 2012)
Wirral Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) (April - July 2012)
Health and wellbeing boards: System leaders or talking shops? Kings Fund Report (April 2012)
Proposals in the Health & Social Act (February 2012)
Wirral Health & Wellbeing Board (February 2012)
Health & Wellbeing Boards: the story so far (January 2012)
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies Explained (Winter 2011)

 Latest and Final JHWB, JHWBS & JSNA Guidance released (April 2013)

The Department of Health has published the final statutory guidance on JSNAs and JHWSs. The final guidance, response to the consultation and supporting documents can be found here:  

Developing a Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Wirral (Update - November 2012)
Work continues on the development and delivery of Wirral's first Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy.

The timescale below outlines the key activities being undertaken -

September 2012

  • Health & Wellbeing Board (HWB) & Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Executive Group to agree proposed approach

October 2012

  • Refine and agree “Design Principles” (for prioritisation process) Research and develop a draft prioritisation framework/process 

November 2012

  • Complete “Priorities” and “Priority Methodology” sections of the Strategy

December 2012

  • Health and Wellbeing Board 1st development session – agree priorities for 2013/14

January 2013

  • Health and Wellbeing Board 2nd development session – agree collective actions for 2013/14

  • Review 1st draft of Strategy 

February 2013

  • Final draft of the Strategy submitted to the HWB for final QA and approval

  • Update Strategy based on HWB feedback

March 2013

  • Final Strategy signed off

  • Strategy circulated to all partners for use and promotion (as part of planned/coordinated Communication and Engagement process)

Please consider the full Project Initiation Document (PID) for the development and production of the first joint strategy


Kings Fund Health & Wellbeing Board Bulletin June 2013

The latest edition of the Health and wellbeing boards’ bulletin, produced by The King's Fund provides a range of information on Health & Wellbeing Boards. This monthly bulletin brings together policy, guidance, news, opinion and events related to health and wellbeing boards.

NICE guidelines: Public Health briefings for Local Government (Update May, 2014)
This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on how to encourage people to be physically active, develop workplace health and tobacco. Other topics are in development and will be placed on this site, and within JSNA chapters, as they become available.

These briefings are particularly relevant to health and wellbeing boards.



July 2012


Physical Activity

July 2012


Workplace Health

July 2012

 PHB 4

Health inequalities and population health

October 2012


NICE guidance and Public Health Outcomes

October 2012



October 2012


Behaviour change

January 2013


Walking and cycling

January 2013



May 2013

LGB 10

Judging whether public health interventions offer value for money

September 2013

- Funding public health protects our communities and children, saves lives... and can save money

- How NICE measures value for money

LGB 11

Tuberculosis in vulnerable groups

September 2013

LGB 12

Social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people

September 2013

LGB 13

Body mass index thresholds for intervening to prevent ill health among black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups

January 2014

LGB 14

Improving access to health and social care services for people who do not routinely use them

January 2014

LGB 15

Encouraging people to have NHS Health Checks and supporting them to reduce risk factors

February 2014

LGB 16

Community engagement to improve health

March 2014

LGB 17

Local government public health briefing on contraceptive services

March 2014


Consultation on joint strategic needs assessment and joint health and wellbeing strategy guidance (July 2012)

Proposals for the duties of health and wellbeing boards are published today by the Department of Health. The draft guidance, on which views are being sought, provides a framework for NHS and local government to work together to undertake joint strategic needs assessments(JSNA) and joint health and wellbeing strategies (JHWS).

There is an eight-week public consultation on the draft guidance that:

  • lays out duties that underpin JSNAs and JHWSs to be undertaken by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities through health and wellbeing boards from April 2013

  • explains how JSNAs and JHWSs will fit together with commissioning plans in the health and care system

  • sets out how the JSNA and JHWS process will enable the NHS and local government to make real improvements to the health and wellbeing of local people.

Views on the guidance should be fed back by 28 September 2012. - Respond to the consultation online

Read the documents:

Health and wellbeing boards: System leaders or talking shops?
Kings Fund Report (April 2012)

Background to this report

  • This report forms part of a wider programme of work being carried out by The King’s Fund on health and wellbeing boards.

  • The programme has supported several local authorities and their health partners to develop their shadow boards. In July 2011, they held a summit attended by more than 100 delegates from local government, the NHS and the third sector.

  • As part of the programme, in late 2011, King’s Fund conducted a survey of 50 local authority areas covering all regions of England to find out how they and their health partners are implementing the new boards.

  • This report sets out the findings from that survey and presents case studies based on the experience of two early implementers, Lambeth and Surrey – each facing very different circumstances. We also explore the policy context in which the new health and describe three possible scenarios that could emerge

Wirral Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) (April - July 2012)
Key Issues informing a future draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Results of consultation

Proposals in the Health & Social Act (February 2012)

The proposals within the 2011 Health & Social Care Act describe the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment as a key component of the future developments in health & social care and core to the work of the new Health and Wellbeing Board. This new board will be required to lead the continued development of the local JSNA so providing a strong information and intelligence system.

The Bill goes on to describe how the JSNA will underpin the development of a Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the Health and Wellbeing Board. The Bill will place obligations on Local Authority, future GP Consortia Commissioners and NHS Commissioning Board when exercising their commissioning functions in relation to the details in Wirral’s JSNA and Health & Wellbeing Strategy.

The Health & Social Care Act has recently received its Royal Assent. Health & Wellbeing Boards will form beneath a Council Cabinet/Committee structure. In some areas boards have formed in shadow form and this is the case for Wirral. Wirral’s Health & Wellbeing Board met for the first time in September 2011 and again November and December with a schedule of meetings and development events planned for 2012.


Wirral’s shadow Health & Wellbeing Board (February 2012)

Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBBs) will assess local needs (through the joint strategic needs assessment) and develop a shared strategy (in the form of a new joint health and wellbeing strategy) to address them, providing a strategic framework for commissioners’ plans. The likelihood would see a strategy by late summer 2012 that informs commissioning ahead of April 2013.

HWBBs will look to join up commissioning approaches across health, public health, social care and wider services that the board agree are directly related to the health and wellbeing of a community. Improved alignment of commissioning strategies should ensure continuous improvement for health and wellbeing outcomes for the whole population.

Wirral Health & Wellbeing Board papers can be accessed on the Local Authority website

For further information please contact either John Highton, Wirral JSNA Programme Lead, or 0151 651 0011 (ext 1496)

Shadow Wirral Health & Wellbeing Board papers can be viewed via this link

Health & Wellbeing Boards: the story so far (January 2012)

Welcome to the 'New partnerships, new opportunities' work around health and wellbeing boards (HWB)- a resource just launched by the Healthy Communities Programme (Local Government Association) aimed at all those involved in, or with an interest in, setting up and running effective HWBs. This page will act as a resource to assist in the setting up and running of health and wellbeing boards.

It provides the following information:

  • Discussion about the main opportunities, challenges and solutions involved in setting up boards and key messages based on these discussions
  • Questions to consider when preparing for HWBs
  • Case studies showing the journeys of nine boards from around the country
  • A summary of national and regional resources available to support implementation

The information, key issues and emerging messages in the resource came from a wide range of sources. References throughout the publication are to the sources below. They do not claim to be a completely comprehensive picture of how all areas are developing their HWBs. The intention was rather to take an in-depth look at how a number of areas are going about the task. However, we are confident that the examples we give do go some way towards capturing the range of approaches across the country.

Our sources are:
Nine case studies of areas where preparations for HWBs are generally well advanced. These are mainly drawn from an initial group of 25 councils that worked with the DH to help shape the early implementer network, but also represent a geographical spread, different size and types of council and political control, and a varied range of approaches to the task.

They are:

  • Birmingham

  • Buckinghamshire

  • Calderdale

  • Cornwall

  • Croydon

  • Leicestershire

  • North Tyneside

  • Somerset

  • Wigan

Cllr David Rogers, Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Programme Board said:
"The principles in the report are a starting point for creating the relationships, strong governance and clear objectives of boards which will be needed if boards are going to properly realise their potential.

“Health and Wellbeing Boards will be the vehicle for identifying and addressing local health and wellbeing needs. Elected members have a vital role to play in providing the vision and leadership that is essential in driving real change in the way that services are planned and provided and for providing the ‘glue’ to hold together the diverse partnerships necessary to improve health outcomes.

“Though we strongly support the localist agenda, we also recognise that national organisations can contribute by producing resources to help local leaders sharpen their focus. This is the first of a whole suite of tools and resources that the LGA is planning to produce with its partners at national and local level.”

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said:
"I am really encouraged by the fantastic enthusiasm for Health and Wellbeing Boards as demonstrated by this briefing from stakeholders across health and social care. We are at an important milestone in bringing local leaders together to increase engagement with the public, enhance accountability and work together to improve health and care services.

"The principles will help create the effective partnerships needed across local government and the NHS to help communities tackle health inequalities and provide the joined-up thinking to deliver integrated and responsive care in a modern NHS."

This publication was commissioned by the Local Government Group’s (LGG’s) Healthy Communities Programme. The Healthy Communities Programme is funded by the Department of Health (DH) until December 2012 with one clear aim: to help local government improve the health of their local communities and reduce health inequalities.

Below is the Executive summary of the work done in this area. Additionally, there are case study examples of what has been down around the country so far.

Executive summary
New partnerships, new opportunities: setting up and running health and wellbeing boards - Executive summary

Case studies
New partnerships, new opportunities - setting up and running health and wellbeing boards - Case studies

Full body of work (incorporating case studies)
New partnerships, new opportunities, a resource to assist setting up and running health and wellbeing boards - full publication


Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies Explained (Winter 2011)

The Department of Health have released 'JSNA and JHWS Explained' to support the NHS, local government and emerging health and wellbeing boards as they engage with the refresh of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and develop their strategy. It is also accompanied by a powerpoint presentation.

It describes what support the Department of Health will provide, including what resources will be available, when, and how they will develop the learning from the early implementer health and wellbeing boards, of which Wirral is one.

This document should be read as part of the wider approach to supporting the development and implementation of health and wellbeing boards. It is led by early implementer health and wellbeing boards and the National Learning Network for health and wellbeing boards.