– Update on the Strategy – Gemma McKinnon
Gemma McKinnon, WCC Health and Wellbeing Delivery Manager introduced this item. It was reported that the Health and Wellbeing Strategy (HWS) provided the high-level plan for reducing health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of Warwickshire residents. The draft HWS set out three priorities for the next two years to help achieve the strategic ambitions:
A five-week consultation period on the draft HWS had concluded on 5 January. Due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, most of the engagement had been online, via virtual meetings with a range of partners and presentations at the place-based HWPs and other forums. The consultation asked residents and people working within Warwickshire whether they agreed with the proposed priorities and ways of measuring against the strategic ambitions within the HWS. The responses would now be analysed to inform the final version of the strategy, which would be presented to the additional Board meeting on 3 March.
It was questioned how organisations would work together to deliver the priorities, with a plea to ensure that the voluntary and community sector was involved as much as possible and that this was referenced in the final strategy. A comment on the need for clarity about how to make the strategy meaningful to local communities eg through use of appropriate language and cultural references.
The Chair suggested that the draft HWS be circulated ahead of the agenda for the March Board, to give adequate time for partners to consider it.
That the Board notes the update on the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2025 consultation.