North Yorkshire's health and wellbeing board is a formal committee of North Yorkshire County Council. The board is where leaders work in partnership to develop robust joint health and wellbeing strategies. These in turn set the North Yorkshire framework for commissioning of health care, social care and public health.
By involving democratically elected representatives from the council; representation from elected member of district councils; chief officers from both county and districts; local commissioners from health, public health and social care; and representation from Healthwatch and the voluntary sector, it strengthens the democratic legitimacy of our health and wellbeing commissioning decisions.
It provides a platform for challenge, discussion and the involvement of local people, young and old, through our wide North Yorkshire health and wellbeing network and so over time it will make the health and wellbeing of our community everybody's business. It has a strong role in driving a genuinely collaborative approach to commissioning across health and social care.
Functions of the health and wellbeing board
The Health and Social Care Act imposes a duty on the board to encourage integrated working between commissioners of health, public health and social care services for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of the population of North Yorkshire. It aims to provide advice, assistance or other support to commissioners of health services, public health and social care, in order to encourage the development of agreements to pool budgets or make lead commissioning arrangements.
The act also requires our health and wellbeing board to prepare the North Yorkshire joint strategic needs assessments and joint health and wellbeing strategies.
The board must encourage people who arrange for the provision of services related to the wider determinants of health, such as housing, education or employment, to work closely with the board and encourage them to work closely with the commissioners of health and social care services.
If the service commissioning plans produced by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities are not in line with the published strategy, then they must be able to explain why. Although it does not have a veto, the health and wellbeing board has a clear right to refer plans back to the group or to NHS England for further consideration.
The health and wellbeing board itself is subject to oversight and scrutiny by the existing overview and scrutiny committees.
See the structure and membership page for more details of who is on the board and what roles they play.
For more information
For more information on the health and wellbeing board, please contact Richard Webb, corporate director of health and adult services - firstname.lastname@example.org