Health and social care services in Wiltshire work have won a prestigious national award, beating off fierce competition.
A panel of judges, made up of senior and influential figures from the public sector, awarded Wiltshire Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board the winner of the ‘Effective Health and Wellbeing Board’ category at the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2016. The award success was announced at a ceremony last night (16 March), attended by more than 800 of the most senior figures in British local government.
Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board brings together all the leaders of the health and social care system in Wiltshire. It is chaired by Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council with Dr Peter Jenkins, chair of NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as vice chair.
The council and the CCG work closely together with partners, including GPs, hospitals, and mental health providers, through the board. NHS England is also represented together with Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Healthwatch Wiltshire.
The Health and Wellbeing Board works to ensure joined up services across all these organisations for the residents of Wiltshire, from the very young to the very old.
One particular success of the board’s work is the Better Care Plan, which was one of only five in the country to be fast tracked for sign off.
The plan sets out a vision to provide joined up health and social care for Wiltshire’s frail elderly residents and the board works to ensure wherever possible to first help prevent people going into hospital unnecessarily, facilitate them leaving hospital in a timely manner and ensuring that it can best support people in their own homes.
The judges commented, “This council exhibited strong leadership in depth of the health and wellbeing agenda, combining a focus on clear strategic goals and a highly effective front line delivery.”
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board and leader of Wiltshire Council said: “I’m delighted the board has been recognised in this way and it shows that the way we work in Wiltshire is having a positive impact for our residents.
“Our strong partnership with NHS Wiltshire CCG and our other partners has seen some great improvements in the delivery of vital services. The challenge for us now is to maintain the high standards we have set ourselves and that residents continue to get high quality joined up services – as we always do, we shall meet this challenge head on.”
Maggie Rae, Wiltshire Council corporate director said: “ We are delighted with this success as the board is playing a key part in helping improve the health of people in Wiltshire. We will continue to work together with our partners to ensure we build upon this success.”
Dr Peter Jenkins, vice chair of Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and chair of Wiltshire CCG said: “Winning this award is a fantastic accolade. We have worked hard to create a truly collaborative approach to health and social care in Wiltshire and we’re delighted to see that we have been recognised for our efforts at a national level. Partnership working has heralded some really effective changes to the way people in Wiltshire receive care, and we will continue to work closely with partners across Wiltshire to realise our shared vision of providing health and social care services as close to home as possible.”
Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said before the awards were presented: “…It is vital that we celebrate the best of local government, not least as the talent and innovation of council officers and councillors is often not recognised to the extent it should be.
“The recipients of the awards are the people doing the most to improve services at a time resources are constrained. We should thank them for their great work…”
For more information, people should visit www.lgcawards.co.uk