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Cabinet members will consider the updated draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Barnsley at their next meeting on Wednesday, 16 November. 

It remains a statutory responsibility of the Barnsley Health and Wellbeing Board to produce a Strategy for the borough which sets out how the Board will meet the health and wellbeing needs of local people and communities.

These are identified, in particular, through the local Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) together with other assessments such as child and family poverty as well as other sources of evidence, including the Director of Public Health’s Annual Report.

The purpose of the Strategy is to enable Barnsley residents to take better control of matters relating to their health and wellbeing and to enjoy more enriching lives, in safer and stronger communities, whoever they are and wherever they live.

Members will be informed that in setting out the key objectives and strategic priorities of the refreshed draft Strategy, the Health and Wellbeing Board has been mindful of the development of separate, though related, plans; notably the recently published South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan (or STP) together with the Barnsley CCG Integrated Place Based Plan.

The Board recognises that in helping address the significant health and wellbeing challenges facing communities, improvements can only take place with the absolute commitment of the council and all the other partners.

This Strategy goes further than before and commits to harnessing opportunities through good housing, education and employment provision to address the wider determinants of health. In doing so, the Health and Wellbeing Board will broaden its aim towards primary prevention to create the conditions that are conducive to promoting good health and a thriving economy.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: “This Strategy is a demonstration of our joint commitment to supporting improvements in the health and wellbeing of everyone living and working in Barnsley.”

Source: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/news/cabinet-members-set-to-approve-barnsley-draft-health-and-wellbeing-strategy-2016-20/

NB: See also Kingstone Branch proposed motion on NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans