Health and wellbeing boards. System leaders or talking shops? – King’s Fund – 12 April 2012

Posted on April 13, 2012. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: |

Health and wellbeing boards. System leaders or talking shops? – King’s Fund – 12 April 2012

by Richard Humphries, Amy Galea, Lara Sonola, Claire Mundle


The reforms to the health and social care system set out in the recent Health and Social Care Act have emphasised the need for integration. Central to these reforms is the establishment of statutory health and wellbeing boards to encourage local authorities to take a more strategic approach to providing integrated health and local government services. Past efforts to achieve the vision of joined-up, well-co-ordinated and jointly planned services have had only limited success. Faced with complex organisational change, unprecedented financial pressures and rising demand for services, will health and wellbeing  boards be able to fulfil these expectations and achieve greater success than previous bodies?

The King’s Fund is well-placed to try to answer that question. We have supported several local authorities and their health partners to develop shadow boards, held a summit to discuss the issues with a range of professionals, and conducted a survey of 50 areas to find out how the new boards are being implemented. Health and wellbeing boards: System leaders or talking shops?  presents the findings from that survey and includes case studies based on the experience of two early implementers.”

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