As you know, HWBB are to be made up of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities, patient representatives, public health, and children’s and adult social care leaders in each local authority area.

They will be tasked with shaping local health and care services, deciding how these services will be commissioned, and supporting joined-up working across health and care services. The new draft guidance is intended to help the boards with Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS).  

The DH has said JSNAs and JHWSs would set out local needs and agree priorities to underpin local commissioning plans.  

The guidance, which will be subject to an eight-week consultation period, will:  

  • Lay out the statutory duties which underpin JSNA and JHWS to be undertaken by CCGs and local authorities through the HWBB from April 2013
  • Explain how JSNA and JHWS will fit together with commissioning plans in the modernised health and care system
  • Set out how the JSNA and JHWS process will enable the NHS and local Government “to make real improvements to the health and wellbeing of local people”  

CCGs must, under the 2012 Act, have regard to both JSNA and JHWS.

“How they factor them into their commissioning plans will be a vital part of their authorisation process later this year,” the DH said.

The consultation period ends on 28 September and final guidance is to be made available later in the year.