The Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) is the principal structure responsible for improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Oxfordshire.
It is a partnership between Local Government, the NHS and the people of Oxfordshire, and board members include local GPs, senior Councillors, the new Healthwatch Oxfordshire and senior officers from Local Government. They work together to meet people’s health and social care needs and to ensure efficient use of resources to meet a set of identified priorities.
The Board is chaired by the leader of Oxfordshire County Council and is vice-chaired by the lead GP of Oxfordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group.
Three Partnership Boards and a Public Involvement Network (PIN) report into the HWBB. Each of these groups has a distinct purpose and all have members of the public serving as lay representatives. The responsibilities are outlined below:
- Adult Health and Social Care Board: To improve outcomes and to support adults to live independently with dignity by accessing the support and services they need while achieving better value for money.
- Children and Young People’s Board: To keep all children and young people safe; raise achievement for all children and young people and improve the life chances for our most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
- Health Improvement Board: To add life to years and years to life, focusing on the factors underpinning wellbeing, whilst levelling the differences in people’s health across the county.
- Public Involvement Network: To ensure that the genuine opinions and experiences of people in Oxfordshire underpin the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
The HWBB is ultimately responsible for making decisions jointly about health and wellbeing. Its members are committed to working with its three Partnership Boards and its Public Involvement Network to make those decisions. They will also be accountable to their constituent organisations; the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, County, District and City Councils and HealthWatch Oxfordshire. In turn, the Partnership Boards are committed to working with a wide range of health care providers, voluntary agencies and advocacy groups.
The HWBB meets in public three times a year. Each of the three Partnership Boards does the same and also hosts workshops including many more service providers, partners, voluntary sector representatives and advocacy groups.