Health decision making

What are health and wellbeing boards?

Health and wellbeing boards are an important part of plans to modernise the NHS and for ensuring communities are able to have a greater say in understanding and addressing their local health and social care needs. Health and wellbeing boards are also important for encouraging the development of more integrated buying and planning of health and care services.

What do they do?

Members of the health and wellbeing board work together to understand the needs of the Camden population, agree priorities and encourage the people who buy health and care services (“commissioners”) to work in a more joined-up way. As a result, patients and the public should experience more joined-up services from the NHS and local councils in the future.

Boards provide a forum for discussion, debate and the involvement of local people. Members of the board work together to develop a shared understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the Camden population and together, develop a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) for how these needs can be best addressed. Boards are under a statutory duty to involve local people in the preparation of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and the development of Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies.

Through the JSNA and JHWS the board drives local commissioning of health care, social care and public health and creates a more effective and responsive local health and care system. Other services that impact on health and wellbeing such as housing and education provision are also addressed.

Who sits on the Camden health and wellbeing board?

The members of the Camden health and wellbeing board are

  • Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of the Council (Chair)
  • Councillor Patricia Callaghan, Cabinet Member for Tackling Health Inequalities and Promoting Independence
  • Councillor Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life
  • Martin Pratt, Executive Director of Supporting People
  • Julie Billett, Director of Public Health Camden and Islington
  • Dr Neel Gupta, Chair of the Camden CCG
  • Sarah Mansuralli, Chief Operating Officer, Camden CCG
  • Dr Philip Taylor, Camden CCG Member
  • Glenys Thornton, Camden CCG member
  • Frances Hasler, Healthwatch Camden member
  • Foyezur Miah, Camden Community Centres Network Representative and Chief Executive of Queen's Crescent Community Centre
  • Dr Henrietta Hughes, Deputy Head Primary Care Commissioning, NHS England

How will local communities be able to get involved?

All health and wellbeing boards are accountable to local people through having local councillors as members of the board. Each health and wellbeing board also has a local Healthwatch representative member. Local Healthwatch has a formal role in involving the public in major decision making around health and social care and its work is expected to feed into that of the health and wellbeing boards. To find out more about Healthwatch Camden, please read the document below:

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-18

The Board has developed a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy which sets out the actions they plan to take to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities in Camden. 

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