Health & Wellbeing Cabinet Member – Minutes – 8 May 2017

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6 (6)  INTEGRATED HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICE – The Director: Operations submitted a report seeking approval to create an integrated health and wellbeing service for the adult population of North Lincolnshire.

Whilst life expectancy continued to increase in North Lincolnshire, healthy life expectancy had not kept pace with this.  As a result more people were living longer with poor health; many of them associated with potentially preventable or manageable long term conditions.

The biggest threats to the health and wellbeing of the working age population in North Lincolnshire were poor mental wellbeing, and lifestyle choices, particularly smoking, drug and alcohol use, obesity, and physical inactivity. These issues were related and contributed to significant inequalities in public health and wellbeing.

Currently the council provided a Health Trainer service which offered support to individuals to help them make lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellbeing, together with externally commissioned services for smoking cessation and adult weight management.

To access these services there were multiple access points and different marketing techniques used to promote them.  Referrals across services were limited.  Different venues and complex referral procedures made it complicated for other frontline services (e.g. GPs) to effectively signpost to these services.
The available evidence demonstrated that a single point of access would provide seamless entry into a service with multiple components, limiting duplication and providing more capacity for early intervention and prevention, offering targeted services to more effectively meet the needs of identified communities within the local population.
It was proposed that this was achieved through combining existing lifestyle supporting services to establish an Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service.

Resolved – (a) That Option One, to establish a council Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service as set out in the report at paragraph 4.1, be approved, and (b) that TUPE consultation with existing providers be approved.

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