The Purpose of the Health and Wellbeing Board
(“the Board”) is to lead improvement of health and
well-being and to oversee transformation of health and care
services in Staffordshire. This includes:
Leading a conversation with the public about how
they can improve their own health and well-being.
Ensuring that there is a clear prevention programme
to improve health and wellbeing and reduce ill health and the
associated demand on health and care services, in line with the
Health and Well-being Strategy.
Ensuring a commitment and contribution from all
partners to the prevention programme and assuring its
Providing democratic input to the Sustainability and
Transformation Partnership [STP], alongside Stoke on Trent City
Acting as an advocate for the changes required to
ensure the sustainability of the health and care services and
shaping proposals to ensure that they are publically
Overseeing the Better Care Fund [BCF] and
encouraging joint commissioning between the County Council and the
Monitoring health and well-being, identifying
emerging trends and any additional actions required.
Carrying out the statutory functions of the Board as
listed in paragraph 2.
The statutory functions of the Board are set out in
the Health and Social Care Act 2012:
Prepare and publish a Joint Strategic Needs
Assessment (JSNA) as well as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
every 3 years.
Prepare and publish a Joint Health and Wellbeing
Strategy (JHWS) setting out how the needs identified in the JSNA
will be prioritised and addressed.
Ensure effective public engagement and consultation
in developing the JSNA and JHWS.
Promote the integration of health and social care
services including to provide advice, assistance and other support
in encouraging arrangements under section 75 of the NHS Act
Encourage providers to work closely with the Board
and encourage those that provide health, health related or social
care services in an area to work “closely
Consider and report on whether CCG Commissioning
Plans have taken proper account of the JHWS.
The Board is committed to:
Providing strategic leadership based on evidence:
focusing on those areas where the Board can make the biggest
difference to health and well-being.
Transparency in decision making: so that the public
can understand the decisions being taken and the rationale behind
Involving the public in decision making: allowing
people to have their say and an opportunity to influence
Acting with courage and conviction: to ensure that
decisions are taken in the long term interests of the whole
The following are constituent organisations and
members of the Board. Note that some of these are mandated by
Staffordshire County Council (x3)
Cabinet Member for Health and Care
Cabinet Member for Children’s
Cabinet Member for Learning and
Clinical Chair for each CCG, (with one
representative being Co-Chair)
Staffordshire County Council
Director of Health and Care (statutory member
– DASS plus DPH)
Staffordshire County Council
Director of Children’s Services (statutory
Accountable Officer (statutory member)
Chair of Chief Executive (statutory
Chair of STP Clinical Advisory Group
Voluntary Sector (x2)
Chief Executive of SCYVS
Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire
District and Borough Councils (x3)
Senior elected member x 2 (to be agreed)
Chief Executive x 1
Chief Constable or nominee
Chief Fire Officer or nominee
Members will be asked to nominate one substitute who
is able to attend meetings in the event they are not
NHS England will be required to attend at the
Board’s request when it is considering a matter relating to
the exercise, or proposed exercise, of their commissioning
Members will be expected to follow the terms and
spirit of the
The Board is a Committee of Staffordshire County
Council and is to be treated as if it were a committee appointed by
that authority under section 102 of the Local Government Act
Decisions will be made by consensus. The Board does
not have the power to direct any of the statutory organisations.
However where the Board has agreed a course of action is will
expect the statutory agencies to ensure that this is
Board members will come to meetings with the
authority to take decisions on behalf of their organisations or
will secure this where necessary through their own governing
Board members are expected to feedback the
deliberations and decisions of the Board to their respective
The quorum for a meeting shall be a quarter of the
membership including at least one elected member from Staffordshire
County Council and one member from the NHS.
Project and Administrative Support
Programme and project management will be provided by
the County Council.
Administrative support will be provided by the
Constituent organisations are responsible for
meeting the expenses of their own members.
Meetings will be held in public except where there
are items that need to be considered in public due to protect the
confidentiality of individuals or commercial
Meetings will be held at a frequency and intervals
to be determined by the Board and there will be at least 4 meetings
The expectation is that items will go to relevant
sub-groups beforehand so that the advice of these can be considered
by the Board.
The Board will establish its own Forward Programme
of activity which will be reviewed at each meeting to ensure it
Agendas for each Board meeting will be published at
least 7 working days in advance of a meeting. Draft minutes will be
circulated to the Chairs for comment and circulated within 10
working days of each meeting. Final minutes and actions will be
published after they have been ratified by the Board.
Standard agenda items:
BCF update and issues for consideration
STP and issues for consideration
Healthwatch Annual Report
Prevention programme update and issues for
Families Strategic Partnership updates & Board
Strategies and updates
Director of Public Health Annual Report
Any reports for a meeting of the Board should be
submitted to the County Council’s Member and Democratic
Services team no later than ten working days in advance of the
The Board will have the following
Prevention Programme Management Group
BCF and joint commissioning Board
Families Strategic Partnership Board
Physical Activity (SASSOT)
The Board will consider creating a “Committee
in Common” with Stoke on Trent City to provide democratic
input to the STP.
Additional subgroups may be formed and disbanded by
decision of the Board.
Code of Conduct
Members of the Board and their substitutes are
required to abide by a Code of Conduct based on the 7 Nolan
Principles of Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity,
accountability, openness, honesty and leadership).
Board members must complete a register of interests
(Disclosable Pecuniary Interests - DPIs). DPIs cover matters such
as sponsorship, contracts tenancies and securities.
Where a Board member feels they have a DPI in
relation to a decision being taken by the Board then they are
required to declare this at the start of the meeting and the Chair
will take a view on whether it is appropriate for them to speak or
vote on the matter.
The Board will maintain strong working relationships
with the following partnership bodies to develop a shared
understanding of local issues and ensure consistency of decision
STP Health and Care Transformation Board
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Local Enterprise
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Safeguarding Adults
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Safeguarding
Background to the Board
Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018 - 2023