14 May 2013
Read the comments of LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell as he responds to the announcement from the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb on health and social care. Also access the LGA's co-produced 'Integrated Care and Support: our shared commitment' – a framework document on integration.
25 April 2013
New figures published by Public Health England show that the current outbreak is under control, with 587 cases reported between January and March compared to 2,000 for the whole of last year, but this is still too high say council bosses.
17 May 2013
Comprehensive information and advice for HR teams about the transfer of public health staff in to local government. It includes the final details of transfer schemes that councils are strongly recommended to read. This information will remain in place after 1 April 2013 and new documents will be added as necessary.
27 March 2013
Read the comments of Councillor David Rogers, Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board as he responds to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee's concerns about responsibility for dealing with health emergencies.
03 April 2013
Access a table which provides details of the providers commissioned by local councils to deliver Healthwatch and the NHS Complaints Advocacy service.
The health and wellbeing of residents regardless of age or circumstance is of paramount importance for all councils, as is reducing health inequalities. We are achieving greater devolution for local government through:
The transfer of public health from the NHS to local government and Public Health England (PHE) is one of the most significant extensions of local government powers and duties in a generation. It represents a unique opportunity to change the focus from treating sickness to actively promoting health and wellbeing.
Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion for both health and social care. It will exist in two distinct forms – local Healthwatch, at local level, and Healthwatch England, at national level. The aim of local Healthwatch will be to give citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their locality.
Local system leadership is required to ensure that the totality of public resources are brought together to address shared priorities for health improvement.
Local councils have been working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association to produce a programme of parks tennis for all ages and abilities. Read how it was done... (picture courtesy of the LTA)
The health reforms present an opportunity for children's health needs to be firmly embedded in the new health structure and for health and wellbeing boards and wider partners to work together to prioritise children's health services and develop an integrated approach to delivering better health services around the needs of children, young people and their families.
The Community Wellbeing Board has responsibility for Local Government Association's (LGA) activity in the areas of the wellbeing of adults, including health and social care. Board papers can be accessed from this link.