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Health and Wellbeing Board

Group of people and organisations working together to improve health in Waltham Forest.

Waltham Forest's Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is a partnership between:

  • leaders from the health and care system
  • democratically elected members
  • patient representatives

They work with Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and public health team to help provide the right health services in the borough.

 HWB's duties include:

  • To assess the needs of the population through the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
  • To promote joint commissioning and integrated provision by joining up social care, public health and NHS services with wider local authority services

All the meeting papers are available on our Democracy website.

Health and wellbeing strategy

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-20 sets out how we plan to deliver health services in the borough until 2020. 

It aims to improve health and reduce inequalities within Waltham Forest. To do this, the strategy focuses on:

  • Best start in life by developing, thriving and achieving
  • Living healthy, longer, happy lives by being prosperous, active and sustainable
  • Thriving maturity and protected community so residents feel safe, supported and independent

The strategy has been produced by our public health department and Waltham Forest CCG, in partnership with the wider council and local residents.

The videos below explain the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It features our residents and communities, and celebrates our borough and the people who live here.

Long version:

Short version:

Key topics for the HWB

Alcohol and drugs

We want to reduce the impact of problematic drug or alcohol use by offering better prevention and early intervention services, especially for people who have complex needs. An Alcohol & Drug Strategy is in place for 2018 to 2021.

Better mental health for all

Our goal is to focus on finding creative solutions that help people identify mental wellbeing issues and get support early on, to prevent more serious mental health problems from developing. Strategies in place for 2018 to 2021, focus on both, mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

Healthy living for all

Our aim is to improve prevention across a wide range of diseases and promote wellbeing generally.

For 2019 to 2020, HWB was focused on supporting action for healthy weight (especially issues with unhealthy weight). In 2020, they developed a new "Healthy Weight" strategy.

Annual reports

Visit the main Strategic Partnership Boards page to view the most recent Health & Wellbeing annual reports.

Joint Services Need Assessment (JSNA)

JSNA provides a thorough overview of our residents' health and wellbeing needs by analysing the many different factors that can impact on it. 

The HWB uses this information to make informed decisions about health priorities and how to commission future health and social care services.

For more information about the Board and/ or to access previous annual reports, please email Zahra Jones zahra.jones@walthamforest.gov.uk