ECCA: providers must have a say on health and wellbeing boards
Caring Times, November 2012
In response to the Department of Health’s guidance for health and wellbeing boards on how to produce local assessments of need (JSNAs) and strategies for addressing these needs (JHWSs), the English Community Care Association (ECCA) says providers, care professionals and other interested parties, such as community voluntary groups, should have more of a say in these local strategies.
ECCA chief executive Martin Green said health and wellbeing boards should be encouraged to include providers to benefit from their specialist insights.
“If they do not the boards risk becoming merely an exercise in people talking to each other who should already be doing just that,” said Mr Green.
“The guidance rightly points out that including providers in health and wellbeing boards will require them to consider how any conflicts of interest will be managed. However, health and wellbeing boards should also be encouraged through this guidance to consider how conflicts of interest arise in the core membership – CCGs and local authorities having their own agendas – and requiring them to put the wellbeing of individuals before all other considerations.”