Wiltshire Council Press release: People asked to feedback on key health plan
Views are being sought on a strategy which sets out how people’s health and wellbeing will be supported in Wiltshire, giving them the best opportunities to thrive.
A consultation on the draft Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2022 is underway and people have until 5 August to provide their feedback.
The strategy has been put together by Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and their aim is to achieve the best outcomes for Wiltshire’s population through good quality housing, education, employment and safe communities.
The strategy is broken down into four main areas; prevention, tackling inequalities, localisation, and integration.
The role of Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board is to lead on work to improve the health and happiness of Wiltshire, specifically focusing on reducing health inequalities. It also considers the impact of health on the wider local authority and partnership agendas including housing, education, employment, crime, vulnerability and safeguarding.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council and co-chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said:
“This key document will underpin all our work to support health and social care in Wiltshire; which is of course relevant to so many people in the county.
“I welcome people to provide us with feedback to help inform our decision making so that the delivery of services in these areas are reflective of local needs. I appreciate everyone taking the time out to support us with this vital work.”
Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and co-chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board said:
“I’ve been a doctor in Wiltshire for 25 years and during that time I have seen the positive impact of effective medicine on life expectancy. However for us to live long, happy and healthy lives it relies on the combination of a healthy environment, supportive communities, housing, education and employment to have a positive impact and make the biggest difference.”
“It is therefore really important to us that we get this Health and Wellbeing strategy right for people and communities across Wiltshire. I encourage you to have your say and share your ideas with us.”
The consultation and associated strategy can be found at https://wiltshire.objective.co.uk/portal/public_health_and_public_protection/wiltshire_health_and_wellbeing_strategy_2019-2022_consultation