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Health and Wellbeing Board endorses new joint strategy following public consultation

Date Published: 07 April 2022

Rutland’s Health and Wellbeing Board has approved a new joint strategy which contains shared ambitions for improving health and wellbeing and addressing health inequalities in the County.

As part of new ways of working between the NHS and councils, different local areas have been exploring how to improve the overall health and wellbeing of their populations. This has led to the creation of a new high-level Health and Wellbeing Strategy with a shared vision and priorities for political, clinical, professional and community leaders in Rutland. 

The strategy has been produced by Rutland’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which is a committee of Rutland County Council that brings together different organisations responsible for people’s health and wellbeing, including local NHS services.

The overall aim of the strategy is to help people live well in active communities. This will be progressed over the next five years by work carried out in seven priority areas:

  1. Ensuring the best start for life
  2. Staying healthy and independent
  3. Healthy ageing and living well with long-term conditions
  4. Providing equitable access to health and wellbeing services
  5. Preparing for population growth and change
  6. Making sure people are well supported in the last phase of their lives
  7. Cross-cutting themes: good mental health, reducing health inequalities (including for the armed forces community), and COVID readiness and recovery


“The endorsement of the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy by the Board is positive news for the county and our residents. When viewed in the current national context and the healthcare pressures of COVID-19, there has never been a more important time to ensure all the elements of our local healthcare system are fully aligned. Rutland’s new Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets a series of long-term objectives that will allow us to focus on reducing health inequalities across the County, support people to maintain good health and improve access to local health provision where people need this. Residents have been a crucial part of this process, sharing their views and experiences to help shape and inform the new strategy. We are committed to making sure everyone in Rutland has equitable access to high-quality care services. The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is a crucial starting point on the journey to achieving this.”Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health for Rutland County Council

To create a solid foundation for Rutland’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS), the Health and Wellbeing Board commissioned a study from HealthWatch Rutland looking at what people in the county want from ‘place-based health and care’. The results of this wide-ranging study were used to develop a draft strategy. A seven-week public consultation was then held on the draft strategy document from November 2021 to January 2022, inviting a wide range of local health and wellbeing related organisations to take part. Consultees were asked to provide feedback on the proposed priority themes of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  The Health and Wellbeing Board also held a series of workshops with 30 different organisations stakeholders to develop an initial delivery plan for the Strategy.

Rutland’s Health and Wellbeing Board met on Tuesday 5 April and voted to approve the JHWS. The Board also gave authorisation for further work to be carried out with local stakeholders to refine the JHWS delivery plan before the Strategy is formally launched in July 2022.

The full report presented to Rutland’s Health and Wellbeing at its April meeting can be viewed online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/meetings, along with copies of the Rutland Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-27 and Place-Led Delivery Plan. Minutes from the meeting will be published within 10 days of the meeting date.

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