A partnership designed to bring together health, social care and public health services in Milton Keynes.

The Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for making sure a plan is developed which will be used to support future services in the area.

The Board wants to improve the opportunities for adults and children to enjoy a healthy, safe and fulfilling life in Milton Keynes.

What does health and wellbeing mean?

Health
The World Health Organisation defined health in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

A number of factors are known to influence the health of individuals, including background, lifestyle, and economic and social conditions.
 
Wellbeing
This is a general term for a person’s social, economic, emotional, spiritual or medical state. Sometimes the term is used to describe a state of inner happiness; high wellbeing means that, in some sense, a person’s experience is positive, while low wellbeing means it is more downbeat or pessimistic.

Who are the members of the Board?

  • Six councillors from Milton Keynes Council
  • Two representatives from Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group
  • The Director of Adult Social Services
  • The Director of Children’s Services
  • The Director of Public Health
  • A local Healthwatch representative
  • A VCSE organisation representative
  • Representative(s) from the acute foundation trust and/or community health services

Strong relationships between Board members are needed to make this a success. This will enable people to work together towards a common goal and a new start means a new way of looking at things.

The Health and Wellbeing Board started in April 2013.  Its priorities are to:

Improve wellbeing

  • Support and motivate the people of Milton Keynes to engage in healthier lifestyles
  • Improve access to, and quality of, mental health promotion and services
  • Engage with communities and work with them to build on their strengths
  • Reduce early deaths and tackle major diseases
  • Reduce early deaths from coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, lung disease and other long term conditions
  • Reduce accidents and injuries for both old (over 65 years) and young (under 5 years)
  • Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Reduce poverty
  • Promote equitable employment opportunities
  • Meet the needs of vulnerable adults and children

What does it mean to you and how will you be able to get involved?

The Milton Keynes Board will need to involve you in the preparation of some of its plans and any major decisions around health and social care.  It will respond to local people’s views by having local Councillors as members of the Board and both the Healthwatch and the VCSE organisation members are there to put your views across.

If you would like to know more

Please go to the Milton Keynes Council website.


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