A nine week consultation launched
today inviting residents, organisations and communities to have their say on
health and wellbeing priorities in the County.
results from the consultation, which ends on 17 August, will inform a
joint ‘Improving Lives’ strategy which sets out how all members of the Somerset
Health and Wellbeing Board will work together over the next ten years to
improve the lives of residents.
Health and Wellbeing Board includes representatives from Somerset County
Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, our District Councils, NHS
England and Healthwatch who provide the customer voice.
Board have identified four priorities where they think partnership working
could make the biggest difference to the people of Somerset.
A county infrastructure that drives
productivity, supports economic prosperity and sustainable public services
Safe, vibrant and well-balanced communities able
to enjoy and benefit from the natural environment
Fairer life chances and opportunity for all
Improved health and wellbeing and more people
living healthy and independent lives for longer
priorities have been developed taking into account the many different factors
that influence the lives of our residents and communities for example; health
and care services, housing, education and community safety. The
priorities also consider the current health and care needs of people in
Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board at
Somerset County Council, is keen to involve everyone in the consultation and
hear their feedback on the four identified priorities.
Lawrence said: “It is essential that these priorities are the right ones, which
is why we want to consult with as wide a range of stakeholders as possible
before the final version is agreed.
believe it is about working in partnership to improve lives by informing,
enabling, supporting our residents and communities to look after their own
health and wellbeing and future prospects.
“This strategy explains how, over the
next ten years, we will do just that. Please take part in our consultation,
read through the supporting explanations, see what a difference you can make,
and help us work together to help all our residents and communities. ”
new Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board ‘Improving Lives’ strategy will be
published at the end of the year.
To take part in the consultation visit www.somerset.gov.uk/improvinglives