HWBs

Public Health England 

The public health function transferred from PCTs to local authorities and to the overarching body Public Health England from 1 April 2013. 
 
Public Health England has been established to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and to reduce inequalities. 
 
Public Health England will operate through four regions and 15 centres:
 
Public Health in England Structure
 
 
LOCs-CCGs-HWBs Relationships
 

 

Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs)

Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) have been established to set a joint health and wellbeing strategy (JHWS) for each upper tier council area (for example county and city councils).  They are designed to promote joint working and integrated services across health and social care. 
 
Each board includes an elected member of the local council; the council’s directors of adult services, children's services and public health; a member of the local Healthwatch; and representatives of each CCG in the local area.  Each board is free to expand their membership to include a wide range of perspectives and expertise and they will seek to engage a wide range of partners.
 
Local Eye Health Networks will be the route for LOCs to influence the assessment of eye health and care needs by their Health and Wellbeing Board at a local level. The assessment of eye care needs should be included in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and a JSNA template has been development by UK Vision Strategy.

Map of Health & Wellbeing Boards

The Local Government Association has created a map listing the health and wellbeing boards in each of the nine local authority regions, including the names of each HWB Chair.
 
To access the interactive map click here.

Resources

LOCs can improve a presentation to a Health and Wellbeing Board by using this template. The PowerPoint presentation highlights how LOCs can partner HWBs to deliver high-quality and accessible eye care. The structured presentation can be adapted for use by any Local Optical Committee.

Download the PowerPoint presentation.

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