Working with Stakeholders
Stakeholders are people, groups or organisations who have an interest in, or can be affected by HealthEast’s work, like County Councils and District Councils. To deliver our vision and our strategic objectives, we are working closely with our stakeholders to make sure we engage them fully in our work at every level.
We do this through our System Leadership Partnership (SLP), which has representatives from across the system from health and social care, plus patient representatives and voluntary groups; we are working on local integration. We expect that this group will become our own local Health and Wellbeing Board, one of the requirements of the new NHS under the recent legislation. One of our main areas of work will be with Public Health, looking at obesity and smoking, two major challenges in our patch.
We also sit on the two Health and Wellbeing Boards for Norfolk and Suffolk. These are forums where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities. Board members will collaborate to understand their local community’s needs, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined up way. As a result, patients and the public should experience more joined-up services from the NHS and local councils in the future.
Health and Wellbeing Boards are a key part of broader plans to modernise the NHS to:
- Ensure stronger democratic legitimacy and involvement
- Strengthen working relationships between health and social care
- Encourage the development of more integrated commissioning of services
The Boards will help give communities a greater say in understanding and addressing their local health and social care needs.
What will they do?
- Health and Wellbeing Boards will have strategic influence over commissioning decisions across health, public health and social care
- Boards will strengthen democratic legitimacy by involving democratically elected representatives and patient representatives in commissioning decisions alongside commissioners across health and social care. The Boards will also provide a forum for challenge, discussion, and the involvement of local people
- Boards will bring together clinical commissioning groups and councils to develop a shared understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the community. They will undertake the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and develop a joint strategy for how these needs can be best addressed. This will include recommendations for joint commissioning and integrating services across health and care
- Through undertaking the JSNA, the Board will drive local commissioning of health care, social care and public health and create a more effective and responsive local health and care system. Other services that impact on health and wellbeing such as housing and education provision will also be addressed.
For more information on the Health and Wellbeing Boards see below: