A report from the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care is attached. This presents the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2014-19 for consideration and comment. (Key decision – reference number 3838)
(8.25 – 8.30 pm)
Councillor Donald McGowan (Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Care and Health) introduced the report of the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care (No.162) seeking comments on the draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2014-19.
1. The significant amount of work which had been undertaken to produce the Strategy which was now being presented for consideration and comment by Cabinet prior to final approval by the Health and Wellbeing Board.
2. An extensive and well-received consultation exercise had been carried out with over 2,000 responses being received to date.
3. Dr Shahed Ahmad (Director of Public Health) outlined the vision, principles and priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy as set out in section 4 of the report. The Strategy was the statutory responsibility of the Health and Wellbeing Board and was based on the findings of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
4. Members’ attention was drawn to the draft Strategy document and noted the purpose of the Strategy, the definition of Health and Wellbeing, a summary on the many influences on health and wellbeing.
5. The consultation which had been undertaken was praised by Dr Ahmad which had resulted in a high level of engagement. He suggested that the consultation would be submitted to Public Health England as an example of good practice.
6. Councillor Taylor (Leader of the Council) highlighted the need for the final Strategy and its summaries to be produced in accessible formats. Members were advised of the proposals for producing the executive summary in plain English and easy to read versions.
7. Councillor Charalambous (Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism) drew attention to section 5 of the Strategy which set out the success criteria and questioned if they were achievable and sufficiently challenging. Councillor McGowan assured Members of the value of the success criteria which were challenging and aimed to make a difference to the benefit of the local community. The outcomes would inform Clinical Commissioning Group strategic plans. Current activities had been taken into account and the Strategy would challenge the effective and efficient delivery of services and agreed criteria.
8. Councillor Hamilton (Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health) expressed her appreciation, on behalf of the Cabinet, to Keezia Obi (Head of Public Health Strategy) and her team for the significant work which had been undertaken and the progress which had been made in Enfield in this area of work.
Alternative Options Considered: It was a statutory requirement to produce a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
DECISION: The Cabinet
1. considered and commented on the draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2014-19 as set out in 1 above, for consideration by the Health and Wellbeing Board in approving the final Strategy at its meeting on 13 February 2014.
2. Noted the outcome of the consultation on the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy as detailed in the report.
Reason: It is a statutory duty on local authorities to produce a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Health and Wellbeing Boards ... view the full minutes text for item 7