Health and wellbeing systems

Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) are a statutory forum where political, clinical, professional and community leaders from across the care and health system come together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities. They have been in place since 2013 and are a single point of continuity in a constantly shifting health and care landscape.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have put all our resources into fighting the pandemic and our HWB and elected member support offer has been paused. We are now starting to develop a refocused offer to support the leadership of place using virtual tools and platforms. The following generic leadership support is available for HWB Chairs and leading members in care, health and wellbeing.

  • HWB chairs/co-chairs
  • HWB vice chairs
  • council leaders
  • clinical commisioning groups (CCGs)
  • Lead political role/chair in an NHS partnership or Devo arrangement
  • portfolio-holders/lead members with responsibility for adult social care
  • portfolio-holders/lead members for public health.

Leadership Essentials

We have set dates for 2020/21

Leading the Health & Wellbeing of Communities Leadership Essentials:

  • 15 and 16 October 2020 
  • 19 and 20 January 2021

We will continue to develop the sessions over the next four to five months. To book a place email

Find out more about HWB Leadership Development.

Case study on urgent meeting of the Birmingham HWB on investigating the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community

Caroline Bosdet
Senior Adviser, Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme

Katherine Mitchell


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