Health and Wellbeing Plan 2016-2017

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What is Health and Wellbeing?

Health is relatively easy to define, and is often considered as being the absence of illness or disability. Wellbeing is a far wider and more holistic concept. It combines physical, mental and social factors, and is influenced by many more aspects of a person’s life.

 

Why do we need a Plan?

In Nottinghamshire the Health and Wellbeing Board have the strategic responsibility for health and wellbeing. As such, their main responsibility is to identify current and future health and wellbeing needs, and to develop a Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the County that sets out how to deal with those issues. The strategy was developed using information and evidence from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment about current and future health and wellbeing needs in Nottinghamshire, and following consultation responses from the public, partners, service providers, carers, and community and voluntary organisations.

The Strategy has 4 key ambitions and 20 priority areas, and may be accessed at;

As District Council we do not have the direct responsibility, remit or resources to feed into all of these priority areas. There are certain priorities that the District Council should be contributing to, others where there could certainly be an impact by virtue of our wider service provision, and some, where support through promotion and signposting could make a difference.

The purpose of this first Bassetlaw Health and Wellbeing Plan is therefore to identify and monitor those key areas to which we are able to make effective contributions at present. It will not at the outset include all of our areas of intervention, and will be developed to capture our wider contributions, and to assist in identifying any gaps where the Authority could or should be more proactive or working in partnership to improve outcomes for residents.

Our plan will be therefore be an evolving and active working document that will be reviewed regularly to capture new areas of working. The plan includes a formal refresh after the first year, and for an Annual report to be provided to update on some of the key areas of work that have taken place during the year.

The Bassetlaw Plan is linked to the ambitions and priorities of the Strategy, but also reflects wider areas of work that whilst not explicit in the Nottinghamshire Strategy still carry potential to make a difference to the Health and Wellbeing of Bassetlaw residents, and the ambitions of the Bassetlaw Corporate Plan.

The Plan includes areas where the Councils actions are directly linked to the Strategy, actions that support the Strategy and actions that will support the future development and monitoring of health and wellbeing interventions in Bassetlaw.

 

Where can Bassetlaw District Council make a difference?

A Good Start 

Investing in children’s health and wellbeing is an investment in the future. Healthy children and young people are able to enjoy life and achieve their full potential. They are more likely to go on to become healthy adults and parents who in turn promote better health in future generations. Early intervention and prevention to improve children’s health and wellbeing can clearly produce longer-term benefits for the future.

“Young people who are not in employment, education or training are more likely to suffer health problems and are five times more likely to enter the criminal justice system”

  • Direct Action Priorities
    • Work together to keep children and young people safe through Safeguarding activities
    • Provide play opportunities
    • Promote young person’s participation at every opportunity
  • Supportive Action priorities
    • Provide children and young people with the early support they need
    • Close the gap in educational attainment

 

Living Well

Poor Health does not arise by chance and is not simply attributable to genetic makeup, unhealthy lifestyles or a lack of access to healthcare. Differences in health status are likely to reflect the differing social and economic conditions of local communities. Tackling social and economic conditions requires actions beyond the remit of traditional health services. The District Council is a key stakeholder in improving the wider determinants of health and can have a fundamental impact on shaping communities and enabling residents to make healthier choices and live healthier lives.

“Half of smokers can expect to die prematurely if they do not quit. Approximately one-fifth of all deaths in middle age are attributed to smoking”

  • Direct Action priorities
    • Reduce the number of people who smoke
    • Reduce the number of people who are overweight and obese
    • Provide a range of physical Activity opportunities
  • Supportive Action priorities
    • Improve services to reduce drug and alcohol misuse
    • Increase the number of eligible people who have a Health check
    • Increasing availability of work in the District
    • Improving Skills

 

Coping Well

At whatever stage of their life, and irrespective of their overall state of health, wellbeing is significantly improved where people are coping well. Supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing, to be independent and reduce their need for traditional health and social care services, where appropriate, can make a big impact

Nationally 21.5% of the Excess Winter Deaths can be attributed to cold housing. This means that in Bassetlaw, in 2012/13, the deaths of 22 people could be attributed to living in cold housing.

  • Direct Action Priorities
    • Improving services to support victims of domestic abuse 
    • Supporting people with learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Conditions
    • Deliver cardio rehabilitation referral scheme
    • Reduce anti-social behaviour and support the community safety partnership
  • Supportive Action priorities
    • Provide coordinated services for people with mental ill health
    • Supporting older people to be independent, safe and well
    • Providing services that work together to support individuals with dementia and their carers

 

Working Together

At whatever stage of their life, and irrespective of their overall state of health, wellbeing is significantly improved where people are coping well. Supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing, to be independent and reduce their need for traditional health and social care services, where appropriate, can make a big impact.

Nationally 21.5% of the Excess Winter Deaths can be attributed to cold housing. This means that in Bassetlaw, in 2012/13, the deaths of 22 people could be attributed to living in cold housing.

  • Direct Action Priorities 
    • Improving services to support victims of domestic abuse
    • Supporting people with learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Conditions
    • Deliver cardio rehabilitation referral scheme
    • Reduce anti-social behaviour and support the community safety partnership

 

Making it Happen

These are the underpinning actions that will turn this Plan into a menu of interventions that will support the effective delivery of the County Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the District Councils Corporate Plan priorities.

Action Ownership By When
Establish a cross-service Health & Wellbeing working group Head of Neighbourhoods & Portfolio holder April 2016
Develop thematic interventions to support Health and Wellbeing priorities H&W Working Group March 2017
Identify measures for monitoring purposes H&W Working Group March 2017
Active Participation in Health & Wellbeing Board & dissemination of key information to members Portfolio holder Ongoing
Investigate the possibility of all Council reports to consider public health implications Head of Neighbourhoods September 2016
Stakeholder Event Policy December 2016
Develop Health & Wellbeing web pages H&W Working Group & PR December 2016
Identify training needs and opportunities to support Health & Wellbeing outcomes across the organisation H&W Working Group & HR Ongoing
Produce an Advice and Signposting ‘directory’ for residents H&W Working Group March 2017
Produce an Advice and Signposting ‘directory’ for residents H&W Working Group March 2017
Produce Annual Report of Health & Wellbeing activity and interventions. Head of Neighbourhoods April 2017
Take updated Health and Wellbeing Plan to Cabinet Head of Neighbourhoods March 2017

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 5, 2020