Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing partners working together for a healthier, happier Norfolk

Partners are working together to help make Norfolk a healthier, happier place to live – that’s the message members of the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board will hear at its meeting next week.

At its meeting on Wednesday (4 February), the Board will hold a workshop on the progress being made on its Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2014-17, asking members to explore and identify where the partnership can add the greatest value in achieving its aims.

The strategy focuses on: early life (0-5), obesity and dementia, with an overarching goal to drive integration, reduce inequalities and promote healthy lifestyles and prevent problems. In support of these priorities, NHS partners, local councils, charities and voluntary groups are already working together on a number of key actions including:

  • Extending an Early Years Summer Reading Pilot to target families most in need of support
  • Engaging district council leisure services in helping to reduce obesity levels
  • Developing a dementia guide to support fire crews when visiting homes

Dan Roper, Chair of the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Improving Norfolk’s health is everybody’s business and our strategy provides a clear way forward for organisations, communities and individuals to work in partnership to achieve our ultimate aims.

“There is some great work already under way – from raising awareness of dementia, to improving early years reading – and I hope our workshop (next week) will help us further explore and identify with partners where we can add the greatest value by working together.”

One of the Board’s responsibilities includes assessing the need for pharmaceutical services in its area. As a result, members will also be asked to approve and publish Norfolk’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for 2015-2018.

Members will also receive a brief update on the Norfolk Better Care Fund (BCF), which was approved with conditions in October 2014. The Board will be asked to note the reviewed plan for Norfolk, which was resubmitted to the Department of Health in December and is awaiting final approval.

The Board will also consider a presentation, setting out the aims and ambitions of Norfolk’s Better Care Fund plan which comes into effect from 1 April 2015.

The Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board meets on Wednesday 4 February at 9.30am, in the Edwards Room at County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich. Members of the media and public are welcome to attend.

Committee papers, including the full agenda, can be viewed and downloaded from the Council and Democracy section of www.norfolk.gov.uk

For further information please contact:
Sarah Barsby
Senior Communications Officer
Norfolk County Council
Tel: 01603 222167
Email: [email protected]

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