What is a Health and Wellbeing Board?

Health and Wellbeing boards were established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to act as a forum in which key leaders from the local health and care system could work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population. They became fully operational on 1 April 2013 in all 152 local authorities with adult social care and public heath responsibilities.  They have a statutory duty, with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), to produce a joint strategic needs assessment and a joint health and wellbeing strategy for their local population. The current members of the Portsmouth Health and Wellbeing Board include:

  • Portsmouth City Council (including elected members and officers including the Director of Public Health)
  • NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board (ICB) – responsible for commissioning (or buying) a wide range of NHS services for people who live and work in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The ICB covers the whole of Portsmouth, including Southsea. GP practices (or Doctor’s surgeries) are part of our services. For more details, please contact the ICB on 0300 561 2561, at https://www.hantsiowhealthandcare.org.uk/ or at hiowicb-hsi.communications@nhs.net.
  • Healthwatch Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • Age UK Portsmouth (on behalf of community and voluntary sector organisations)
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • National Probation Service
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Education Partnership

What is a Health and Wellbeing Strategy?

A Health and Wellbeing strategy identifies priorities for health and wellbeing for local populations and the approaches that will be taken to bring about improvements in these areas. Portsmouth’s previous strategy ran from 2018-21. This new strategy looks ahead at the next 5-10 years. It’s part of wider plans to develop the city, most notably Imagine Portsmouth 2040, the Blueprint for Health and Care in Portsmouth, and the developing priorities for Health and Care Portsmouth. It doesn’t include all the actions that need to be carried out. Instead, it highlights the key areas that the city should improve in the long-term. Organisations supporting health and wellbeing in local areas have to make sure that the work they do follows the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

How has the strategy been developed?

In developing a strategy for 2022-2030, the Health and Wellbeing Board have taken into account:

  • Evidence of health and wellbeing outcomes where Portsmouth is an outlier from the rest of the country
  • Assessment of the underpinning issues that are driving poorer outcomes across a range of issues
  • Other key local partnership and organisational plans, priorities and activity
  • Latest relevant national guidance, strategies and plans
  • Insight from local residents, communities and other key stakeholders.

Public consultation on the draft strategy was carried out in December 2021 and January 2022, as set out in the report to the Health and Wellbeing Board on 9 February 2022.

Why does the strategy matter?

The strategy will be an important document for health and care services in Portsmouth. It will inform commissioning decisions (ie: what the council and CCG will pay for). The strategy will also influence decisions taken across wider city services. These include: education, development, housing, employment and community safety.

What priorities have been identified for Portsmouth?

For the period 2022-2030, the priorities that have been identified are:

  • Tackling poverty
  • Improving educational attainment
  • Positive relationships
  • Housing
  • Air quality and active travel