Health partnerships and integration

Local authorities can already do a lot on their own to improve the health of their communities, in particular through using planning processes, environmental and housing policies, promoting financial inclusion, tackling worklessness and promoting active lifestyles. However they can do a lot more by working effectively in partnership with other health stakeholders within their area.

The nature of health partnerships, and the organisations to be included within them, is changing rapidly. Current government proposals include the abolition of Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities, the creation of Health and Wellbeing Boards as well as reforms to structures facilitating local involvement in health discussions. Despite these changes, however, the principles underpinning good partnerships will not change. This section will be added to in the coming months, with the publication of a ‘Partnership Compendium' highlighting how effective health partnerships are operating, how they are assessing their own impact on the health of the public, and how they are evolving to respond to the changing health policy landscape.

This section sets out those principles, as well as examples of effective partnerships. Specifically, it highlights the following:

New partnerships, new opportunities: a resource to assist setting up and running health and wellbeing boards

‘New partnerships, new opportunities' is resource just launched by the Healthy Communities programme, Local Government Association (LGA) aimed at all those involved in, or with an interest in, setting up and running effective health and wellbeing boards (HWBs). The resource contains the following information:

  • discussion about the main opportunities, challenges and solutions involved in setting up boards and key messages based on these discussions
  • questions to consider when preparing for HWBs
  • case studies showing the journeys of nine boards from around the country
  • a summary of national and regional resources available to support implementation

Health and wellbeing boards: the story so far

New partnerships, new opportunities, a resource to assist setting up and running health and wellbeing boards - full publication (PDF, 175 pages, 2330KB)

Contents page (page 3) of 'full publication' has clickable links which means you can navigate to sections A, B, C, D or E.

New partnerships, new opportunities: setting up and running health and wellbeing boards - Executive summary (PDF, 40 pages, 760KB)

New partnerships, new opportunities - setting up and running health and wellbeing boards - Case studies (PDF, 36 pages, 860KB)

Leading Better Together

This report, produced by Shared Intelligence for Local Government Improvement and Development, looks at partnership working between directors of public health, adults' services and children's services.

Leading Together Better forum discussion

Read the document in full below:
Leading together better (PDF, 32 pages, 2418KB)

Perspectives on joint director of public health appointments

Current government proposals include changes to the way that directors of public health are appointed. This report, produced in 2009 by Durham University for Local Government Improvement and Development, highlights the diversity of current practice in employing directors of public health and in their duties and methods of operation.

Joint director of public health appointments

Tackling health inequalities through partnerships

Durham University were commissioned by Local Government Improvement and Development to conduct a literature review into successful health partnerships. This section sets out the results of that literature review.

Partnerships: key in tackling health and health inequalities

Local authority and primary care trust partnerships

Although the government is proposing to abolish PCTs in 2013, this section is still useful as it provides examples of the role that local authorities are already playing in health improvement in some areas, and also significant insight into why particular partnerships have succeeded.

Local authorities and PCTs

4 January 2012

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