The Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy - a 20 year strategy which aims to improve the lives of people in Gloucestershire.
In September 2012, in its shadow form, the Health and Wellbeing Board started a 12 week consultation, as part of the strategy's development.
Let's TalkOpens new documents were used to consult with health and social care professionals, community partners, service users, carers and the general public.
The Health and Wellbeing Board considered both the feedback from the consultationOpens new window process and areas of improvement in the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy to agree five principles that underpin the plan:
- Supporting communities to take an active role in improving health
- Encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyles to stop problems from developing
- Taking early action to tackle symptoms or risks
- Helping people to take more responsibility for their health
- Helping people to recover quickly from illness and return home to their normal lives
- Supporting individuals or communities where life expectancy is lower than the county average or where quality of life is poor.
Although we would like to be able to tackle everything at once, using information from the JSNA - a report we produced to tell us all about the health and wellbeing of our residents - we have identified five priority areas for action. The current action plans run from 2016 to 2019 and focus on the following areas:
- Tackling Health Inequalities
- Healthy Weight
- Healthy Ageing
- Alcohol Harm Reduction
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Action Plans are given a ‘light touch’ review on an annual basis and then undergo a more formal review every three years.
For more information contact: GHWB@gloucestershire.gov.uk