Health and Wellbeing Board

The Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board was formed 1 April 2013. Since that time, it has brought together those who buy services across the NHS, public health, social care and children's services, plus elected councillors and service user representatives, to jointly consider local needs and plan the righ services for the population of Sefton.

By working together and aligning our resources, our aim by 2020 is to improve the care, health and wellbeing of all Sefton residents and narrow the gap between those communities with the best and worst health and wellbeing outcomes.

We will

  • Promote independence and help build personal and community resilience.
  • Work with parents and carers so that children and young people have opportunities to become healthy and fulfilled adults and create a place where older people can live, work and enjoy life as valued members of the community
  • Seek to improve opportunities and support residents to make choices so that people are able to live, work and spend their time in a safe and healthy environment and provide early support so that people can reamin independent for longer.

The Board is made up of the following:

  • Councillor Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families, Sefton Council (Chair) 
  • Councillor Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Older People and Health 
  • Councillor John Kelly, Sefton Council
  • Dr. Niall Leonard, Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dr. Clive Shaw, Chair, South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Fiona Clark, Chief Officer, Southport & Formby and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Maureen Kelly - Chair of Healthwatch Sefton
  • Phil Wadeson, Local Area Finance Director, Merseyside Commissioning Board
  • Colin Pettigrew, Director of Young People and Families, Sefton Council 
  • Dwayne Johnson, Director of Older People, Sefton Council 
  • Janet Atherton, Director of Public Health, Sefton Council 

The aim of the Health and Wellbeing Board is to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the people of Sefton. 

The legislation that established the Board also gave it some specific functions:-

  • To prepare a Sefton Strategic Needs Assessment (SSNA) of the health needs of the people of Sefton
  •  A responsibility and duty to encourage integrated working between organisations that plan and deliver health and social care services for local people

  • A power to encourage close working relationships between all partners that plan and provide services that can improve the health and wellbeing of local people

The Board’s role is to

  • Encourage integrated working between commissioners of health services, to public health and social care services.
  • Encourage those who provide services related to wider affects of health, such as housing, to work closely with the Health and Wellbeing Board.
  • Lead on the Sefton Strategic Needs Assessment (SSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) involving users and the public in their development.
  • Be involved throughout the process as Clinical Commissioning Groups by developing commissioning plans and ensuring that they take proper account of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Wellbeing is simply defined as "feeling good and functioning well".

This includes having:

  • a fair share of material resources, influence and control;
  • a sense of meaning, belonging and connection with people and place;
  • the capacity to manage problems and change

The strategic priorities of the Board have been developed through both understanding the analysis of need and the feedback from our communities, through extensive consultation and engagement.  These priorities are for the borough of Sefton, and through partnership working seek to deliver:-

  • Healthy and well supported communities
  • Acces to Opportunities for all
  • Attractive and sustainable places and communities
  • Empowered and supported residents

These priorities will be delivered through the following strategic objectives for health and wellbeing in Sefton:-

  • Ensure all children have a positive start in life
  • Support people early to prevent and treat avoidable illnesses and reduce inequalities in health
  • Support older people and those with long term conditions and disabilities to remain independent and in their own homes
  • Promote positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Seek to address the wider social, environmental and economic issues that contribute to poor health and wellbeing
  • Build capacity and resilience to empower and strengthen communities.


The Vision which the Health and Wellbeing Board has adopted is:

"Together we are Sefton - a great place to be!
We will work as one Sefton for the benefit of local people, buisness and visitors".

Underpinning the Vision is the Board’s promise as agencies commissioning and delivering services in Sefton, to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone:-

As commissioners and providers of services we will:

  • put people at the heart of what we do
  • listen, value and respect each other’s views
  • develop a culture of challenge, ownership, innovation and improvement
  • be ambassadors for Sefton
  • be responsive and efficient
  • be clear about what we can and cannot do

As leaders we will:

  • give direction, be honest
  • show confidence, be bold
  • be visible, communicate, inspire
  • be accountable
  • value people

We will work in partnership with the public, partners, provider

  • be responsible – everyone to take ownership of their lives
  • respect each other, have pride in the Borough
  • get involved and have a say about the services that are delivered and the places in which we live and work
  • challenge each other and question what we all do




During this first year of formal operation, the Health and Wellbeing Board has worked together with its partners to deliver the objectives in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  The following case studies provide practical details of how we are meeting the health and wellbeing needs of our communities:

Objective : Ensure All Children have a positive Start in Life

  • Caradoc Kids Club
  • Sefton Care Leavers' Centre

Objective: Support people early to prevent & treat avoidable illnesses & reduce inequalities in health

  • Care Closer to Home: Frail Elderly Unit
  • Sefton Partnership for Older Citizens: Dealing with Social Isolation

Objective: Support older people & those with long term conditions/disabilities to remain independent and in their own homes

  • Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton Befriending Service
  • Merseyside Fire Support Network: Loft and DeClutter Project

Objective: Promote positive mental health and wellbeing

  • Merseycare: Recovery College
  • Expect Limited : support for people living with mental illness and / or learning disabilities

Objective: Seek to address the wider social, environmental and economic issues that contribute to poor health and wellbeing

  • One Vision Housing - Independent Living Team
  • Waterloo Community Association - Community Kitchen

Objective: Build Capacity and resilience to Empower and Strengthen Communities

  • Sefton Council: Welfare Rights Advisory Service
  • Sefton Council for Voluntary Services: The Volunteer Centre



Following on from what residents told us during consultation and engagement events, the Health and Wellbeing Board and its partners have facilitated or taken action on the following:-




      You Said                  We Did        


People said that they wanted easily accessible, up to date information so that they could find services for themselves

The on-line Sefton Directory was launched early in 2014.  The directory provides information on a wide range of services for adults and children across the public, voluntary and private sectors




Parents said that services in Children’s Centre’s support vulnerable families providing a safe supportive environment, working with a range of services Parents and carers from the Seaforth Children's Centre set up Caradoc Kids Club to make a difference for children and young people in their area



People told us there is a need to cater for older people who are facing financial hardship Sefton Council provide a home visiting service where two Affordable Warmth Workers assist householders to access funding towards heating and insulation measures, along with assisting residents to reduce fuel bills and fuel debt

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People want to have a voice with regard to the services that they receive and that are commissioned on their behalf The BME Community Development Project run by Sefton CVS hold weekly ‘surgeries’ for members of migrant communities in Southport


There is an inequality in mental health services in north and south of the borough

(More needed in Southport)

A focus group with mental health commissioners and Sefton's Mental Health User Forum, Sefton Council, and Voluntary Sector Organisations was held in October 2013

Older people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible with services close by

One Vision Housing have developed a 10 week project to assist residents living within their supported housing service to keep mobile and healthy and remain independent within their own homes






We are not standing still, and will continue to develop the work of the Health and Wellbeing movement in Sefton. Some of the major headline plans/policies for the next 12 months include:


Our plans / policies


By When                         

Publish strategies and plans to help carers, dementia sufferers, older citizens, children and young people, suicide prevention, mental health, and end of life care,  which align with the strategic objectives for Health and Wellbeing


October 2014

Publish Southport & Formby and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups' Five Year Strategic Plan


October 2014


Develop and publish the Council’s Corporate Plan


October 2014

Publish the next formal Health and Wellbeing Strategy and recommend it to the Cabinet and Council and South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCG Governing Bodies for approval


October 2014

Further refine and publish a Performance Outcomes Framework and Performance Dashboard for this Strategy


October 2014

Carry out an older person’s housing study


November 2014

Publish a refreshed Sefton Strategic Needs Assessment


December 2014

Carry out consultation on the Publication of the draft Local Plan


December 2014

Submit the Local Plan for Public Examination


March 2015

Develop a 5 to 10 Year Plan which will lead to person centred, integrated care, health and wellbeing 


April 2015

Work with communities, to understand their priorities better and use this to inform our plans during 2014/15



Work through the Board Sub-Structure and with wider partnerships to maximise the Sefton £




Last Updated on 08 February 2017