Health and Wellbeing System Bulletin: June 2019

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Health and Wellbeing System Bulletin

June 2019

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Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that our new public health risk awareness self-assessment tool, developed in collaboration with the East Midlands Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), with special thanks to the East Midlands region, is now available to download,.

The tool has been designed to support sector led improvement activities and can be used flexibly by directors of public health and councils to understand how effective they are in setting their own ambitions for the public’s health and engaging partners to deliver on these. 

This forms part of our new offer around health improvement and prevention, reflecting the DHSC’s 2019/20 funding priority for the Care and health Improvement Programme.


Caroline Tapster
Director, Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme


Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme

This three year programme asks councils to lead innovative action in their local community to tackle childhood obesity. After 13 councils completed a discovery phase, five council-led projects have now been selected as Trailblazer Authorities.

Mental health

The Prime Minister announced extra funding to strengthen and deliver local suicide prevention plans as we welcomed this clear endorsement of councils’ locally-driven approach to prevention and early intervention. The announcement included £600,000 for ourselves and the Association of Directors of Public Health to jointly develop a new suicide prevention sector led improvement offer for councils. We’ll also be pressing the Government to ensure the overhaul of the Mental Health Act is matched by a commitment to invest more in community and school mental health services.

Working with your local JSNA

This resource from Healthwatch aims to provide local authorities and clinical commissioning groups with more information engaging effectively with the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

Resources for local partnerships

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced a set of resources to help systems work together to provide consistent, high-quality care, based on the best evidence.

Integrated care research and practice

This resource from the Social Care Institute for Excellence aims to support the planning, commissioning and delivery of coordinated person-centred care. Based on the integration logic model, it brings together the evidence base and practice guidance on what good integrated care looks like.

Children and young people's mental health workshops

The LGA has commissioned Isos Partnership to explore the issues that local government faces in supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and to develop the evidence-base of good practice in this field. The first phase will involve two workshops, one in London (9 July) and one in Manchester (15 July). Find out how to get involved.

Working with councils to secure the future NHS workforce

Richard Griffin of the North West London Health and Care Partnership discusses the NHS Interim People Plan which sets out the importance of the NHS engaging with councils to help build economic prosperity in their local area, something NHS Confederation has also been advocating for some time.

100 system leaders programme: what it is and how it works

Sharon Adams, head of organisational development for Fylde Coast ICP, part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS, talks about the development of the programme - a course designed bottom-up to encourage system leadership behaviours among staff in a wide variety of roles

Integrating to improve the health of people

David Pearson, Independent Chair of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, writes about the impact working in partnership across health and care is having on the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Better Care Fund (BCF) resources

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has developed a web page dedicated to BCF and Better Care Support Team resources.

£5 million fund to develop support for unpaid carers

The Carers Innovation Fund will invest in new projects to improve carers’ wellbeing.

Guide to making the most of volunteers' talents

A new guide to help organisations make their volunteering practices more age-friendly and inclusive was launched for Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June).

Tools and data

Knowledge Hub

Through the Knowledge Hub (KHub), this bulletin, and the blog of data specialist Philippa Lynch we will provide updates and links to new information available. 

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus

Using LG Inform and LG Inform Plus the LGA will provide reports and easy access to information across a range of health and wellbeing themes. Reports covering health and wellbeing measures for your area are available through our interactive map. If there are further resources you would like to see signposted on our website, please email


Public health risk awareness self-assessment tool

Improving children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing

ADASS annual budget survey 2019
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

The changing face of clinical commissioning
NHS Clinical Commissioners

Taking the p***: the decline of the great British public toilet
Royal Society for Public Health

Adaptations without delay: a guide to planning and delivering home adaptations differently
Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Carers' breaks: guidance for commissioners and providers
Social Care Institute of Excellence


Place Based Leadership for Health and Wellbeing in the West Midlands
28 June; 24 September; 11 December 2019

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019
2-4 July 2019 | Bournemouth

Healthy weight, healthy future: making childhood obesity everybody’s business
17 July 2019 | London

Leadership Essentials residential sessions
18-19 July; 15-16 October; and 5-6 November

National Children and Adult Services Conference and Exhibition 2019
20-22 November 2019 | Bournemouth

Arts on prescription: cutting edge research, collaborative practice and engaging opportunities
21 November 2019 | London