Why are Health and Wellbeing Boards important to physiotherapy?
- Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) assess need and set priorities for the area. This informs commissioners’ decisions on what local health services will be funded
- They are influential in setting out priorities for public health and social care services, which are commissioned by local authorities
- What HWBs do will affect the physiotherapy services we have now and in the future.
What are Health and Wellbeing Boards?
- HWBs are hosted by local authorities and bring together local decision-makers on health for that area
- They produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for the area
- They produce a Health and Wellbeing Strategy based on the assessment
- Must include at least one councillor
- Must include the Local Authority Directors of Public Health, Adult Social Care and Childrens Services
- Must include reps from all Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Must include a rep from the local Health Watch
- May add others to this list and set up sub groups to look at particular issues
- They are subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
How are local authorities involved in health?
Local authorities have a growing involvement in the health system. Hosting Health and Wellbeing Boards is part of this. So it is important that they understand the contribution
What can I do?
What makes sense for you will depend on your situation. These are just a few ideas:
- Find out about your local Health and Wellbeing Board, who’s who, who you know already and who you want to get to know
- Develop relationships with key people on your HWB
- Make sure there is someone who can represent physiotherapy on your HWB. If there is no one, why not contact the Chair to ask for a Physiotherapy or AHP rep to be invited into it
- Look up HWB plans on their website. Find out when these are going to be reviewed and consulted on. You may be able to sign up for email alerts
- Link up with others with a shared agenda, such as other members, AHP colleagues, patient groups
- Find out what other CSP members are doing and share what you find out. Get in touch with your Regional Network
- Working together helps us all. Let us know how you get on through your Regional Network.
This information forms part of the CSP's influencing toolkit