Update on Health Issues
To receive an update regarding current health issues to include:
Health and Wellbeing Board
Kieth Naylor, Joint Commissioning Officer, gave an update on the proposal in the Health and Social Care Bill to develop Health and Wellbeing Boards. Health and Wellbeing Boards were intended to be strategic bodies with a specific duty to ensure patient and public involvement and to pools funds using NHA s.75 agreements.
The Boards would help develop the JSNA which would now be know as the ‘Enhanced’ JSNA and would be responsible for the coordination of the local Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It was noted that the Government would not be publishing national guidance on the development of HWB Boards as they should be developed based on local need.
At present many areas including Bracknell Forest operated ‘shadow’ HWB Boards which would become statutory bodies from April 2013. Although there was no national guidance the Government had set up Learning Sets to share best practice across authorities in relation to key issues.
The Group noted that it was likely that the voluntary sector would need to play a key role on the Board if they were to become successful and ensure the voice of the community was not lost.
It was agreed that the OPP would receive an update on progress of HWB Boards at a future meeting.
Gill Major provided an update in relation to the Bracknell HealthSpace. At present NHS Berkshire East were undertaking preliminary engagement on future plans for Heatherwood Hospital which did not mention the HealthSpace.
It was noted that the business case for Bracknell HealthSpace would be on the agenda of the NHS Berkshire East Board meeting in November. It was hoped that building works would begin in January 2012.
Discussions were still taking place in relation to GP consortia. It was agreed that an update would be provided at the December meeting of the OPP.
New health number
It was reported that a new emergency health number was to be introduced. Further details would be circulated to the Group via email.
(Action: Gill Major)