The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established Health and Wellbeing Boards as a key mechanism for improving joint working between the NHS and local authorities, bringing together key commissioners to encourage integrated working and provide local leadership to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for local communities.
Rochdale's Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board was established in April 2011, bringing together key representatives from the local authority, locally elected members and local GPs with the shared aim of delivering improvements to health and wellbeing and tackling the health inequalities in Rochdale Borough.
Under the 2012 Act, Health and Wellbeing Boards are required to undertake a local assessment of the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the borough through a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) process, and produce a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy setting out how it intends to meet the key needs identified through the JSNA.
This is Rochdale Health and Wellbeing Board's first Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, providing an overarching plan for improving the health and wellbeing of the borough.
This strategy is in the process of being updated.