Health and Wellbeing Board to hold first meeting

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December sees the first ever meeting of Milton Keynes’ shadow Health and Wellbeing Board.

The board, officially given the go ahead by the MKC Cabinet on October 18, will look at all aspects of health and wellbeing provision across the borough, involving many organisations including the council itself, as well as health partners.

The first meeting starts at 5.30pm, in the Council Chamber, on Thursday December 1 and is expected to last about two hours.

The Board has been formed to lay the groundwork for the eventual formation of a new Health and Wellbeing board, which needs to be in place by April 2013 to comply with the Health and Social Care Bill 2011.

In its shadow form it is envisaged the Health and Wellbeing Board will, where appropriate, make recommendations to Cabinet on health and wellbeing issues.  Its key tasks will be to develop a statutory Health and Wellbeing Board, which will eventually take over the role of the shadow board, develop joint commissioning arrangements with MK Commissioning, a group of GPs responsible for commissioning health services such as community nursing and health visitors, agree a Milton Keynes Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, which identifies the health and wellbeing needs of the local population develop a Milton Keynes Health and Wellbeing Strategy and oversee the transition of LINk:MK, ‘a service that allows members of the public to give their feedback about local health services, to Milton Keynes Healthwatch.

There will be various presentations at the meeting, including the Annual Public Health Report from Milton Keynes’ Director of Public Health, Dr Nick Hicks.

Councillor Debbie Brock, who will chair the new board, said: “All are welcome to attend the inaugural meeting of the shadow Health and Wellbeing Board, but we are particularly keen to have the input from residents of Milton Keynes. It will be well worth attending.”