Bolton Council is set to establish a new health and wellbeing board.
At the Executive on Monday, February 28, members agreed to become an early implementer of a shadow Health and Wellbeing Board, building on its successful partnerships with health organisations across the borough.
From 2013, all councils will be required to have in place a Health and Wellbeing Board, subject to parliamentary approval, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
In the meantime, local authorities have been invited by the government to set up shadow health and wellbeing boards and begin developing partnerships with the newly formed GP consortia, Primary Care Trust (PCT) and voluntary sector.
Bolton already has a positive and productive history of integrated working and, in particular, has a well-established Health and Wellbeing Partnership which leads on health matters within the Vision Partnership. This will eventually be replaced by the new board.
Building on this good work, the shadow Health and Wellbeing Board will comprise six elected members, including members of the Executive; up to three non-executive directors of NHS Bolton; up to three GPs from the GP consortia and representatives from the voluntary sector and patient groups.
It will, among other things, agree the priorities for investment of NHS funding to support social care, work with the GP consortia to improve the health of the local population and oversee the arrangements for the transfer of public health to the council.
The new shadow board will operate from April 2011 and members will be established at Full Council on Wednesday, March 2.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Health, Councillor Linda Thomas, said: “Bolton Council works well in partnership with other organisations, so it is no surprise that we have opted to become an early implementer of the shadow Health and Wellbeing Board and, as a result, we will be submitting our plans to the Department of Health.
“We look forward to working with the representatives from the GP consortia and other bodies in delivering the best possible health and wellbeing services for the people of Bolton.”
* The following people were appointed to the shadow health and wellbeing board at Full Council on March 2: Councillors Madeline Murray, Linda Thomas, Elaine Sherrington, Andy Morgan, John Walsh and Bob Ronson.