Leicester City Public Health
From 1 April 2013, the involvement of Leicester City Council in public health and wellbeing increased as government reforms transferred responsibility for public health commissioning and promotion from the NHS to Local Authorities
Many council services affect health and wellbeing including education, leisure and culture, and housing.
The Public Health Directorate in the City provides five mandatory areas:
- Sexual health services
- Health protection
- Public health advice to the NHS
- The national child measurement programme
- NHS health check assessment
Further service may be commissioned by the Local Authority based on identified needs. These include campaigns to prevent cancer and long-term conditions, schemes to tackle obesity, and public mental health services.
The range of work covered by the City public health team to help people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill includes:
- promoting the health of individuals and communities
- assessing communities to find who might be most at risk from disease
- controlling outbreaks of infectious disease
- creating schemes to improve the health and well-being of people in Leicester
In order to improve public health, Leicester City Council has pledged to:
- Work to deliver and expand upon existing projects and programmes that are already working within the city
- Develop and deliver new projects in new areas
- Work with residents to see what they would like us to do to help improve their health
- Create opportunities for people to improve their own health
- Work in partnership with the NHS and other partners to deliver programmes to benefit the whole of the city
Health & Wellbeing Board (Leicester City)
Health and wellbeing boards have been introduced across all local authorities by the government. Leicester City’s Health and Wellbeing Board has been set up to look at the needs of people in the City and decide how other services should be developed and delivered in order to improve health and wellbeing through partnership working.
As a formal Committee of the Council, the HWB has the following minimum statutory functions:
- To prepare a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/health-and-wellbeing/reports/
- To prepare a Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) which is a duty of the City Local Authority and City CCG
- A duty to encourage integrated working between health and social care commissioners
- A power to encourage close working between commissioners of health related services and the board itself
- The power to encourage close working between commissioners of health related services and commissioners of health and social care services.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
The JSNA is jointly produced by the City Council and NHS to identify the health and wellbeing needs of the Leicester City population, inform local strategic priorities, and support the commissioning of services. This information is used to help improve the health and life expectancy for local people and reduce health inequalities.
This is the new patient and public advocacy body, replacing the Local Involvement Networks (LINks) from 1 April 2013. Healthwatch England will work at a national level, using local experience to influence national policy. Healthwatch in Leicester uses the experiences of people in the City to help shape local services.
|Leicester City JSNA||JSNA S&O v 6 July 2012 -~mendment 17 Dec 2012|
|Leicester City HWB Terms of Reference||Leicester City HWB terms of reference 2014|
|Health and wellbeing peer challenge, 10 – 14 February 2014||Leicester City final report3|
|Role and responsibilities of local government in Public Health||http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130805112926/http://healthandcare.dh.gov.uk/public-health-system/|
|Rod Moore FFPH||
Divisional Director of Public Health
|0116 454 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sue Cavill||Head of Communications and Engagement Projects, GEM CSU||07789 email@example.com|
Leicester City Council, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ