Committee details

Health and wellbeing board

Purpose of committee

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives health and wellbeing boards specific

functions. These are a statutory minimum and further functions can be given to the

boards in line with local circumstances. The statutory functions are:


• To prepare joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and joint health

and wellbeing strategies (JHWSs), which is a duty of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).


• A duty to encourage integrated working between health and social care

commissioners, including providing advice, assistance or other support to encourage

arrangements under section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006 (ie lead

commissioning, pooled budgets and/or integrated provision) in connection with

the provision of health and social care services.


• A power to encourage close working between commissioners of health-related

services and the board itself.


• A power to encourage close working between commissioners of health-related

services (such as housing and many other local government services) and

commissioners of health and social care services.


• Any other functions that may be delegated by the council under section 196(2) of

the Health and Social Care Act 2012.


In line with guidance the board will meet formally in public when the board is being asked to make decisions and deal with formal business.  Agenda papers for those meetings will be available here on the council’s website.


The guidance recognises that health and wellbeing boards across the country will also meet informally for workshops or seminar sessions and for board learning and development.  Such meetings will not appear on the website.


Annual work programme


The health and wellbeing board reviews and updates its work programme periodically during the year in order to fulfil its functions and to consider local priorities. Such revisions will be included on relevant HWB agenda for consideration.  



  • Chris Baird   
  • Ingrid Barker   
  • Russell Hardy   
  • JG Lester  (Chairman) 
  • Jo Melling   
  • Cllr P Rone   
  • Ian Stead   
  • Councillor EJ Swinglehurst   
  • Dr Ian Tait  (Vice Chairman) 
  • Simon Trickett   
  • Stephen Vickers   
  • Karen Wright   

Contact information

Support officer: Ruth Goldwater, Governance Services.