Blackburn with Darwen has a history of successful partnership and integrated working to improve health and wellbeing.
The Health and Wellbeing Board is made up of Councillors, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) members, Council Chief Officers, Healthwatch representatives along with delegates from the voluntary and community sector. The Board became a statutory group in April 2013.
Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen helps to improve health and care services in the borough. It is an independent voice that holds local health and social care services to account on behalf of residents.
The Board has a duty to oversee and ensure the delivery of local health outcomes and drive service integration across the NHS, local government and non-NHS sectors and to ensure continued integration of all public services to achieve this.
The aims of the Board are:
- to provide local accountability for improved health and wellbeing and health equity outcomes for the communities of Blackburn with Darwen
- to promote integration and partnership working between the NHS, social care, public health and other local services
- to improve local democratic accountability
In order to try to understand the needs the Board undertakes consultation on an ongoing basis through Integrated Strategic Needs Assessments (ISNA). Overall, it's about how the population of the Borough is made up, what do we know about how healthy it is and the assets people and communities have to help them to stay healthy. We see the ISNA as the story of Blackburn with Darwen looking at what has happened in the past, what is happening now and our best understanding of what is likely to happen in the future. The story identifies the big challenges for the next five to ten year for the Borough and the big opportunities to improve the place for residents, business and communities.
The ISNA comprises a number of linked downloadable documents (all PDF)
The first Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Blackburn with Darwen was published in 2012 and set out an overarching plan through which the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, as well as residents, would work together to improve health and wellbeing for and with the local people. The strategy informs and influences commissioning decisions across local services including those services beyond health and care to make a real impact upon the wider determinants of health.
The Board meets quarterly in public, with the opportunity for residents to bring questions and petitions to meetings.