Winchester District Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board

Spotlight on Mental Health Event

'Ensuring that our communities are healthy and safe" is one of the main aims under the Active Communities priority outcome in the Winchester District Community Strategy. 

Although statutory responsibility for public health and the provision of local health services rests with Hampshire County Council and the NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning group respectively in this area, district and borough councils have a critical role to play. 

The City Council has a strong track record of positive partnership working and its approach to health and wellbeing is no exception.  A 'new look' Winchester District Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board (WDHWPB) was established in September 2011 to ensure that the City Council was in the best possible position to respond to the implications of the planned health reforms. 

The partnership brings together a wide range of partners from across WCC, the NHS, statutory agencies and voluntary and community sector organisations.  Most importantly positive relationships have been established with representatives from West Hampshire NHS Clinical Commissioning group (CCG)

The current Chair of the Board is Dr Andrew Isbister.  Dr Isbister is the CCG's lead GP for the Winchester locality, which includes 13 practices, 99 GPs and almost 143,000 registered patients - roughly 27% of the total CCG population.  Councillor Frank Pearson, WCC Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing is the current vice-chair.  The board meets in June and December each year,

The health and wellbeing priorities for the Winchester District have been set out in an evidence based action plan which can be found below. 

1. Starting and Developing Well: pregnancy, birth, early years and children and young people aged between 5 – 18 years (up to 24 years with additional needs).

2. Living and Working Well: adults from 18 years and people of working age.

3. Ageing Well: people aged 55 years and over.

4. Healthier Communities: developing strong, supportive and resilient communities.

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Spotlight on Mental Health Event

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board hosted a "Spotlight on Mental Health Event" at Hope Church, Middlebrook Street on 23 June 2015.

The main aims of the event were:

  • To increase our understanding about the way mental health services are commissioned and delivered in the Winchester District.
  • To provide a networking opportunity for professionals.
  • To identify gaps in services.
  • To identify opportunities for collaboration or integrated working.
  • And most importantly - To identify a number of key actions which can be built into the District Health and Wellbeing action plan.

A series of presentation's were given, allowing time for questions and discussion after each, followed by a few workshops to give the attendees a chance to work and discuss ideas together.
Many people from related organisation's and companies attended, and the event was an overall success, receiving positive feedback.

The presentation's given at the event can be found in the Attachments below.