The Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board launched it’s Improving Lives Strategy this week, with a workshop for key partners in held in Taunton.
The strategy presents a vision for health and wellbeing priorities across our county, and describes members of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board and it’s wider partners will work together over the next ten years to improve the lives of Somerset residents.
The strategy has a wide remit and recognises the many different factors that contribute to improving lives including housing, education, transport and communities. The strategy is the product of a year of joint working, followed by public consultation in the summer which highlighted public support for the approach and priorities.
Building on an understanding of the health and care needs of the Somerset population and consultation with key stakeholders, the Health and Wellbeing Board has identified four key priorities where they believe partnership working could make the biggest difference:
- A county infrastructure that drives productivity, supports economic prosperity and sustainable public services
- Safe, vibrant and well-balanced communities able to enjoy and benefit from the natural environment
- Fairer life chances and opportunity for all
- Improved health and wellbeing, and more people living healthy and independent lives for longer
The strategy also identifies several Partnership Boards who are already working to deliver aspects of this vision through existing plans and strategies. These include the Safer Somerset Partnership, Somerset Growth Board and Fit for my Future.
You can view the Improving Lives Strategy here.