Supporting health and wellbeing boards

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We are working with partners to support the development of health and wellbeing boards.

Health and wellbeing boards' system leadership is vital to delivering integrated care, transforming services to address the financial and demographic challenges, and tackling health inequalities.

Ahead of their one-year anniversary on 1 April 2014, we teamed up with partners to publish practical resources distilling lessons learned from the past year.

The multimedia resources – a set of slide packs and videos – share valuable learning and insight from HWBs across England on their development as system leader. 

They explore three key themes:

The videos capture HWB member's reflections on progress made in developing shared leadership within their board, working with other HWBs, and what boards could do next as they develop.  

Watch highlights from our health and wellbeing board events in March 2014.


Comparing apples with oranges? How to make better use of evidence from the voluntary and community sector to improve health outcomes

Health and wellbeing boards: leading local response to Winterbourne View

Violence and health and wellbeing boards: a practical guide for health and wellbeing boards

Practical guides

Visit our resources section to download a range of handy publications covering topics including integration, leadership, criminal justice and patient and public engagement.

In June 2012, the NHS Confederation and partners published a number of products to support health and wellbeing board development. All of the resources are available in our resources section. They cover:

  • children and young people
  • governance
  • health impact assessment
  • collective resources
  • patient and public engagement.

Learning sets

The Department of Health funded a health and wellbeing board learning set project to consider issues of importance to the development of HWBs nationally, and to develop products that will be of use to them on these issues. 

We worked alongside the Local Government Association, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement  and Department of Health to support the project.

  • The learning sets were arranged around the following themes:
  • Improving the health of the population
  • Bringing collaborative leadership to major service reconfiguration
  • Creating effective governance arrangements
  • How do we hardwire public engagement into the work of the board?
  • Raising the bar on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing strategies
  • Making the best use of collective resources
  • Improving adult and older people services through more effective joint working
  • Improving children’s services through more effective joint working
  • Criminal justice and health and wellbeing boards.

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