Home Health Health and Wellbeing Board update

Health and Wellbeing Board update

by Guy Murphy

At the latest meeting of the Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Board (Tuesday 19 March), partners came together to discuss a number of key items and update on ongoing proposals and consultations.

The main focus of the meeting was on healthy weight, in particular in children and young people. Knowsley has the highest levels in the country of children overweight or obese, with almost half of children in Year 6 overweight or obese. The board looked at the factors which influence this and discussed the need for a whole systems preventative approach to this issue.

The development of a revised Healthy Weight Strategy is now taking place, with numerous consultation activities taking place over the summer.

During the meeting, members also considered an update on performance data related to the Health and Wellbeing Board, including the Marmot Beacon indicator set and Public Health outcomes framework. The report and presentation highlighted the following trends:

  • Knowsley female life expectancy has improved significantly from 2021. Although improving, female life expectancy remains significantly lower in Knowsley (80.5) than North West (81.7) and England (83.2) in 2022.
  • Breastfeeding prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks after birth has increased by 13.5% points during the course of the last year, (from 17.1% to 30.6% of mothers). Whilst rates remain below national and regional levels, the gap is starting to close.
  • Population vaccine coverage for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) (two doses for five-year olds) for 2022/23 has reduced again compared to last year and now stands at 76.5% in Knowsley which is also the lowest level in the last decade, and significantly below national (84.5%) and North West (85.1%) levels.

The Board also received an update on the work to improve children and young people’s mental health pathways and the development of a ‘collaborative’ of mental health providers to support this.

Full Board papers are available here.