At this week’s Council meeting (Wednesday 20 January), Members approved the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2025.
The Strategy has been produced during a time of unprecedented health challenges and takes into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Knowsley residents as well as the borough’s existing health and wellbeing challenges.
It sets out a vision to work better together for a healthier, happier Knowsley and how Knowsley’s Health and Wellbeing Board and partners will achieve this through meeting statutory commitments and combining efforts on priorities where they can make the largest impact.
Two priorities have been identified as crucial in tackling both the significant long-lasting health and wellbeing challenges which exist in Knowsley, whilst also addressing the current and emerging impacts of COVID-19.
The priorities are:
- Reducing Health Inequalities; and,
- Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Social Isolation.
The strategy sets out activity and actions which will be carried out to address each priority and outlines how success will be measured and demonstrated.
Throughout the pandemic, partner agencies have been sharing a range of advice and support that is available to manage and improve residents’ wellbeing. This work will continue and the strategy highlights the need for mental health and wellbeing to be embedded in policies and initiatives that are being delivered across the Borough.
The Strategy builds upon and replaces the second Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWBS) 2016-2020 and is owned and will be delivered by Knowsley’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
Knowsley’s Health and Wellbeing Board includes representatives from Knowsley Council, Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and Healthwatch Knowsley with community representation from the Engagement Forum, Livv Housing Group and Vibe (formerly Knowsley Youth Mutual).