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Lessons learned from HWB first year revealed

Lessons learned from HWB first year revealed


Multi-media resources on lessons learned the first year of health and wellbeing board (HWB) operation have been released. 

The three slide-packs and videos form part of an end-of-year focus on shared learning from the Local Government Association (LGA), NHS Confederation, Department of Health and NHS England. 

In the resources, HWB members and officers reveal their thoughts on how to work across boundaries, how to facilitate shared ownership and the future of system leadership. 

Dr Johnny Marshall, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, which led on producing the resources, said: “In reflecting on the first year of their existence, however, what we found is that not only have many boards gone from 0 to 60 in terms of learning, but also that there is a huge amount of self-awareness in terms of their development – both how far they have come, and where they are on their development journey. With high awareness too of the benefits of sharing – shared leadership, shared approaches, and shared learning – as well as the value of a ‘can do’ attitude, the potential for HWBs is immense.”

Executive director at the Local Government Association, which led organisation of the event, Michael Coughlin said: “It has been a challenging and rewarding year for the HWBs with lots to celebrate. Going forward our focus will be to identify and support places in most need of assistance and to develop more bespoke support such as mentoring, chair networks, peer support and development days. We look forward to working with HWBs in meeting challenges and building on the success of the past year.”

Director of partnerships at NHS England, which is responsible for development of Health and Wellbeing Boards, Ivan Ellul said: “Health and wellbeing boards are an absolutely key part of the changes brought about by the health and social care act. They are the one forum that brings together elected members, clinicians and other members of the local community.  

"They are already having a big impact; we’re seeing how they are bringing together local parties to discuss the integration of care and how they are pooling budgets, how they are getting clinicians much more involved in debates about local services. The future challenge is that there is going to be a massive transformation of health and care over the next few years and HWBs have a major role to play in that as local leaders. They will need to improve the way they engage providers in that debate.”

The three slide-packs and videos can be downloaded from the NHS Confederation website.


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