The Health and Wellbeing Board operates as a statutory committee of the Council under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The board works in partnership at a strategic level to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Redbridge. By bringing together and working in partnership with a range of public services including adult social services, GP's, our Clinical Commissioning Group, local Healthwatch, public health, children’s services, housing and community safety organisations, it aims to:

  • Promote the role of health and wellbeing to its population using an all-inclusive approach to tackle the wider determinants of health and wellbeing
  • Provide collective leadership and joint working to bring the most appropriate results to our communities
  • Be committed to making the best use of resources to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the population of Redbridge
  • Recognise the importance of targeting and focusing integrated services on those patient groups most likely to derive the most benefit

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The work of the board

Board meetings 

The board meets approximately every other month. View the boards meeting dates, agendas and reports  

Key documents

Under the Health and Social Care Act the board is required to oversee and produce the following key documents. These are:

  • Health and Wellbeing Strategy (PDF 4.97mb) - identifies the key priorities for improving the health and wellbeing of people living in the borough for the next three years.  
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) - a process that identifies current and future health and wellbeing needs in light of existing services, and informs future service planning taking into account evidence of effectiveness. It identifies the bigger picture in terms of the health and wellbeing needs and inequalities of the local population.
  • Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) (PDF 3mb) - an assessment of the needs in a particular area for pharmaceutical services provided as part of the National Health Service.

These identify what services are needed to help improve people’s health and set the local framework for the commissioning of healthcare, social care, public health services and other council services.

Better Care Fund

The Health and Wellbeing Board oversees the implementation of the Better Care Fund (BCF).  

The BCF is an existing pot of money brought together by the government to help local areas make the changes to services that might be needed in order to join up services around health and social care, with key focuses on prevention and early intervention and community based services. 

Under the BCF programme, our vision in Redbridge for the next five years is that:

‘People are at the centre of their care, which is provided in a fully integrated way. We truly believe that if we are person-centred, everything else will fall in place.’

A joint BCF management group which includes officers from the Council and Clinical Commissioning Group will oversee the BCF programme and the development of a Section 75 agreement.  Under Section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006, Councils and NHS organisations have powers to make formal agreements with each other to join up services and for these services to be managed by one organisation with joint budgets.   The Section 75 agreement will become fully operational in April 2015.

Our BCF plans were submitted to NHS England in September 2014. View the BCF plans.

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

The Government has published its ‘Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat’. It is a commitment to work together with local organisations to improve the system of care and support people in crisis with a mental health condition to ensure they are kept safe and helped to find the support they need from whichever service they turn to first.

The Health and Wellbeing  Board is committed to improving mental health and wellbeing and ensuring that residents can access the highest possible standards of care when experiencing mental health problems It is considering how it can support the concordat. View the Concordat.

Health in Redbridge

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 also changed the way health is organised in the local area.

  • Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are now responsible for buying healthcare on behalf of our local population, taking over this role from the Primary Care Trust (PCT).
  • The functions of Public Health were transferred back to local authorities. Click here for more information on the role of Public Health.

Redbridge Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

From the 1 April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory responsibility to publish a statement of needs for pharmaceutical services for the population in its area, referred to as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). Read more on Redbridge Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment.

Contact us

If you wish to find out more about the work of the board, please contact us by email: or phone 020 8708 2558.

Please note that the board is unable to deal with individual health concerns, social care cases or GP complaints for example. See below for appropriate contact details.

For social care:

For health concerns (no emergency):

For GP complaints and queries:

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