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Health and wellbeing comes Together as leaders join forces

Wolverhampton launches Health and Wellbeing Together next week - bringing together key health and social care leaders to improve outcomes for local people.

They will join forces in a bid reduce health inequalities in the city, improve the health and wellbeing of residents and support the development of better and more joined up health and social care services.

The launch of the new board follows a review of the previous Wolverhampton Health and Wellbeing Board and is designed to strengthen partnership working.

It has been accompanied by the development of a new website to support its work - Health and Wellbeing Together. It includes information about the Board, links to additional resources and advice about how residents and communities can help improving their own health and wellbeing. 

Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and Chair of Health and Wellbeing Together, said: "The launch of Health and Wellbeing Together marks an important step forward for us.

"Health and wellbeing is about more than health and care services. The environments we live in, our lifestyles, the opportunities we have throughout our whole lives, education, family, good jobs and community all have an impact on our health.

"The new board brings together representatives from a wide range of stakeholders across the city who will be able to work together even more closely to tackle the issues that matter most to local people."

The first meeting of Health and Wellbeing Together takes place at the Civic Centre on Wednesday (17 October, 2018) and is open to the public. Items on the agenda include the transformation of Children and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS), suicide prevention and the annual reports of Wolverhampton's safeguarding boards. For more details, please visit Health and Wellbeing Together.

Meanwhile there is still time for people to have their say on what they think the health and wellbeing priorities for Wolverhampton should be.

Health and Wellbeing Together is refreshing its Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which identifies key priorities for the city, and residents are encouraged to have their say to ensure that it reflects what is important to them by completing a short, five-minute survey. To take part, please visit Renewing the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The closing date for comments is Sunday 28 October, 2018.

As well as helping to shape the strategy, people who complete the survey will also have the opportunity to enter a prize draw, with a £50 high street shopping voucher up for grabs.

  • released: Friday 12 October, 2018