Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling spoke at a Westminster event about improving health and wellbeing.
Mr Gosling spoke about the progress made in establishing Surrey’s health and wellbeing board at a Westminster Briefing session yesterday (18 April).
Talking alongside National Director for Health and Wellbeing Board Implementation John Wilderspin, he set out the work done since the board’s first meeting nearly a year ago.
Health and wellbeing boards are a key plank of the Health and Social Care Act that transfers public health back to local government next April.
Surrey was among the first local authorities in the country to set up one of the shadow boards, which aim to promote greater local control and integrate social care and health, in preparation for the handover.
Chaired by Mr Gosling and Redhill GP Joe McGilligan, Surrey’s board brings together councillors, GPs, health and care officials and representatives of patients and the public.
After the Emerging Nature of Health and Wellbeing Boards event*, Mr Gosling said: “Surrey was chosen to pilot these plans and since our board was launched last year we’ve been working hard to strengthen the working relationships between health and social care for the benefit of local people.
“We’ll now build on the good work done so come next April we’ll be working as one team to improve the health and wellbeing of communities while giving people more opportunities to influence how services are run.”
* Westminster Briefing events are held in association with The House Magazine, the weekly publication for the Houses of Parliament.