Health and Wellbeing Board

What does the Health and Wellbeing Board do?

The Health and Social Care Act gives specific functions to the Health and Wellbeing Board including:

  • preparation of a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which provides local policy-makers and commissioners with a profile of the health and wellbeing needs of the local population
  • developing and agreeing a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS). This uses the information within the JSNA to tackle local health and wellbeing priorities
  • developing a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) which reviews the provision of pharmaceutical services across Central Bedfordshire to determine whether these meet the needs of the population
  • encouraging and promoting integrated working between health and social care services through the Better Care Fund
  • encouraging and promoting integrated working between e-commissioners and other local services, including housing and voluntary sector services
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