Constitution - Part 2F - Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board



1.1 The Health and Wellbeing Board exists to provide a strategic platform for partners to work better together to ensure that everyone in Cumbria is able to benefit from improvements in health and well-being.

2.1 The functions of the Health and Wellbeing Board are to:

(a) Provide a structure for strategic local planning and accountability of health and wellbeing related services across a range of sectors and providers.

(b) Assess the needs of the local population and lead the statutory enhanced joint strategic needs assessment ('JSNA').

(c) Formulate and ensure the delivery of a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

(d) Promote integration and partnership across areas through promoting joined-up working across the NHS, social care and public health.

(e) Set the direction for health and wellbeing improvements in Cumbria while maintaining current programmes through transition.

(f) Support and encourage strong partnership working between local organisations in the six localities in Cumbria involved in health and wellbeing.

(g) Respond to the NHS Commissioning Board when views are sought regarding the Clinical Commissioning Group ('CCG').

(h) Improve the transparency and accountability to local people of services, organisations and decision making connected to health and wellbeing.

(i) Support joint commissioning and pooling of budgets and lead commissioner arrangements.

(j) Oversee and review performance in the delivery of health and wellbeing improvements and outcomes and be accountable for the overall strategic performance management of agreed countywide health and wellbeing outcomes.

(k) Actively engage with the other key partnerships to ensure achievement of outcomes in all agreed areas and to extend the reach of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy by ensuring alignment with other strategies and plans.

(l) Encourage wide engagement of partners throughout the Health and Wellbeing partnership structure by ensuring involvement in consultations, stakeholder events, good practice sharing, and task and finish groups.

(m) Ensure the CCG plans are consistent with the agreed Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

3.1   All members of the Health and Wellbeing Board are voting members.

4.1  The membership of the Health and Wellbeing Board comprises of:

·        Leader of the County Council (Chair);

·        Chair of the CCG (Vice Chair);

·        Accountable officer from the CCG;

·        A representative of Healthwatch Cumbria;

·        County Council's Corporate Director - Health Care and Community Services;

·        County Council's Corporate Director - Children and Families Services;

·        County Council's Assistant Director - Public Health and Communities;

·        County Council Cabinet member for Health Care and Community Services;

·        County Council Cabinet member for Children and Families Services;

·        County Council Cabinet member for Public Health and Communities;

·        A representative from NHS England;

·        A representative of the six District Councils;

·        The Chair of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust;

·        The Chair of the University Hospital Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust; and

·        The Chair of the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.



5.1 Except as provided in 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 each member of the Health and Wellbeing Board may appoint one named substitute and must notify the County Council of the appointment.  

5.2  The Leader of the Council may nominate named elected member substitutes equal in number to the number of County Council members appointed to the Board.  County Council members are nominated by the Leader of the Council and appointed by the County Council. 

5.3 The District Councils may between them appoint one named substitute.  

5.4 Where members of the Board are officers of an organisation rather than elected members, they are permitted to nominate up to two named substitutes but only one can attend at any time.

5.5 Substitute members must comply with all the requirements of the Council's Code of Conduct, including the registration of personal interests. 

5.6 A member of the Health and Wellbeing Board who is unable to attend a meeting of the Board (or one of its committees) must notify the Council in writing (which includes by email) before the start of the meeting, giving the name of the substitute member who will attend in his/her place. 

5.7 A substitute member has the same voting rights and responsibilities at meetings of the Board as the member they are substituting for, provided the Board Member is not in attendance. 

5.8 A substitute member will be counted for the purpose of deciding whether a quorum is present unless he/she is also attending the meeting as a Board member.