|Adult health, wellbeing and social care|
Many voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) in Newcastle provide services and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of adults in the city. The type of activities VCOs offer ranges from gentle exercise classes to self help groups to providing full social care packages commissioned by the local authority or health services.
VCOs work with communities of interest, identity and geography in Newcastle. They understand the needs of those communities and they are well placed to shape the design of services and strategies that will enable Newcastle to meet the challenge of improving the wellbeing and health of its residents.
How we can help you...
...supporting and developing
...involving and networking
...representing and influencing
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires every local authority to set up a Health and Wellbeing Board. According to the Department of Health the Boards will be a forum for local commissioners across the NHS, public health and social care, elected councillors and representatives of HealthWatch to discuss working together to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.
In November 2011 Newcastle City Council set up the shadow Wellbeing for Life Board which will carry out the requirements of Health and Wellbeing Boards but has a broader remit and membership to allow it to address the wider economic and social determinants of wellbeing and health.
Our priorities for adult wellbeing, health and social care
The Wellbeing and Health Open Forum agreed four priorites in May 2010 which are
Since then three further priorities have been added
Notes of the May 2010 Open Forum