A Surrey County Council Cabinet Member has spoken at a national event about making a success of a new board created to improve health and wellbeing.
Michael Gosling set out the work done to establish Surrey’s health and wellbeing board in a speech to representatives of the pharmaceutical industry in London.
Sharing the platform with joint chair Dr Joe McGilligan, he underlined that Surrey’s board is “non-bureaucratic and business-focused”.
Changes being introduced next April will see councils taking over public health and working with doctors, who are being put in charge of buying in NHS services. Health and wellbeing boards will link up the two.
Speaking after the Health & Wellbeing Boards: lessons from the pioneers event, Mr Gosling said: “We have made giant strides in Surrey to be totally ready to take responsibility for improving the health of local people and it is our joint work with GPs that is really making our approach unique.
“Ever since our board was launched 18 months ago we’ve been working hard to strengthen the relationships between health and social care for the benefit of communities.”