The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is currently being updated. You can have your say by responding to our online consultation. The updated Health and Wellbeing Strategy will be published in early 2023.

To develop the strategy, the Health and Wellbeing board assesses the needs of the people in Bath and North East Somerset, including adults, young people and children through the Strategic Evidence Base. They are also engaging local residents and organisations working in the area. Find out more about the Strategic Evidence Base.

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a formal committee of the local authority, they promote greater partnerships between the NHS, Public Health, local government and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. They have a statutory duty, with health commissioners, to produce a joint strategic needs assessment (Strategic Evidence Base) and a joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for their local population.

You are welcome to attend the Health and Wellbeing Board meetings. Use our website to find out what they're about and when they take place.

The current Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets out the priorities for action based on the needs identidied in this process. The list of priorities is not exhaustive, but it provides focus to really make a difference in certain areas over the coming years.

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy


The strategy is set out against three important areas:

Helping People Stay Safe

Theme 1 - Preventing ill health by helping people to stay healthy

  • Helping children to be a healthy weight
  • Improved support for families with complex needs
  • Reduced rates of alcohol misuse
  • Create healthy and sustainable places

Improving the Quality of Peoples Lives

Theme 2 - Improving the quality of people’s lives

  • Improved support for people with long term conditions
  • Promoting mental wellbeing and supporting recovery
  • Enhanced quality of life for people with dementia
  • Improved services for older people

Creating fairer life chances

Theme 3 – Tackling health inequality by creating fairer life chances

  • Improve skills and employment
  • Reduce the health and wellbeing consequences of domestic abuse
  • Take action on loneliness

A formal consultation period on the draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy was launched on 30 April and ran until 7 June 2013. Consultation responses were received from a range of stakeholders including the Wellbeing Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel, health and social care providers, VCSE organisations, members of the public and service users.

Many of the responses were positive and welcomed the development of a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy to reduce health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing in B&NES. These responses have informed and shaped the development of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

A light touch refresh of the Health and Wellbeing Startegy has been undertaken in 2015 in order to reflect a number of key changes following its initial publication in 2013. This includes approval of the CCG 5 year strategic plan, publication of NHS England's 'The 5 year Forward View', publication of the first Health and Wellbeing Board annual report and work on a new Council vision and corporate strategy. The refreshed strategy was agreed and presented at the Health and Wellbeing Board in March 2015.


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