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Healthwatch Lancashire attended forum with leaders from local health and care services

Healthwatch Lancashire (HWL) attended the Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board (LHWB) at County hall, Preston on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.

What are Health and Wellbeing Boards? 

Health and wellbeing boards were established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to act as a forum in which key leaders from the local health and care system could work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population.

Board members work together to understand their local community’s needs, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined up way. As a result, patients and the public should experience more joined-up services from the NHS and their local council in the future.

What is the role of Healthwatch Lancashire? 

It is the role of HWL to make sure that local people are at the heart of decison making surrounding health and social care services. HWL represent local voices and reflect back to services and commissioners, about what people feel has gone well in their care and what could be improved. 

HWL work on projects and design engagement with local communities to listen to their experiences and understand what they need from services. They then feed the outcomes into the health and wellbeing board to influence the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Healthwatch representatives have two roles; firstly, to bring the voice of the local community to the LHWB; and secondly, to support and influence decision making and commissioning.

For more information about the Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board, visit: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/practitioners/health-and-social-care/health-and-wellbeing-board/