A checklist for councillors

Councillors with a health remit, including portfolio holders, members of health and wellbeing partnership boards, chairs of scrutiny, health ‘champions', and so on

  • Do you know which regulatory services your council provides and how they relate to health?
  • Do you know what the working relationships are between your regulatory services and your local primary care trust (PCT) and director of public health (DPH)?
  • Do you understand how regulatory services might contribute to meeting needs identified in your joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) and health-related targets in your local area agreement (LAA)?
  • Are there any forums in which you can provide leadership in bringing regulatory services and NHS bodies together? For example, could you arrange for a presentation on regulatory services and their health impact to non-executive directors of your PCT? Is there any representation from regulatory services on your health and wellbeing partnership board?
  • Do you know which portfolio holders in your council are responsible for regulatory services?
  • Do you meet regularly with your councillor colleagues with responsibility for regulatory services to discuss mutual priorities that bring together health improvement, licensing, trading standards and environmental health and safety?
  • Has your health overview and scrutiny committee ever looked at current or potential partnerships between regulatory services and the NHS?

Councillors with a regulatory services remit, including portfolio holders, chairs of scrutiny, members of licensing committees, and so on

  • Do you know what the five or six key health issues are in your area and how regulatory services potentially impact on them?
  • Do you know which portfolio holders in your council are responsible for health services, health improvement and health inequalities?
  • Do you meet regularly with these councillor colleagues to discuss mutual priorities that bring together health improvement, licensing, trading standards and environmental health and safety?
  • Do you know what existing partnerships there are between your council's regulatory services and the NHS?
  • Do you know who your local DPH is? Have you ever met to talk about the health impact of regulatory services?
  • Can you provide leadership in increasing the understanding of councillors and other partners with a health remit of the potential contribution of regulatory services? For example, could you instigate a presentation to cabinet colleagues, to your local health and wellbeing partnership board or to your health overview and scrutiny committee?

22 September 2009

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