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Assignment On West Lancashire Borough Council Strategy

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Executive summaryThis strategy has been developed by West Lancashire Borough Council. It is our overarching plan to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adults in our borough.The vision of this strategy is to:Reduce health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities and residents.We have identified three priority areas that will help deliver this vision. They are:Place social value at the heart of our commissioning and procurement cycles;Integrate health and wellbeing within all policy documents, plans and projects;Achieve health and wellbeing coherence and strategic focus.The three key areas were chosen due to a strategic ability to bridge social gradients in health. There is a strong belief on what the Council can achieve through realigning its existing services to tackle health inequalities; 'the basis of this strategy'.For us to achieve this the strategy steers towards building a framework which will allow over time for the realignment of existing services to permit a more integrated and person-centred service approach. This approach will help us to build the brighter future we wish for our community, peopleand future generations; a core principle in the development of the strategy.We expect the strategy to be a “living document” and to make sure that our planning stays in tune with the changing needs of our West Lancashire people, our focus for action will change with it, as priorities change.We believe that everyone has a right to enjoy good health and it is our vision to support this wherever possible through the services we provide, the way we deliver those services, and importantly as we progress through collaboration with our partners and others. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of the strategy.
IntroductionOur vision: To be a Council which is ambitious for West Lancashire At the heart of this strategy is a clear desire to promote wellness, in its broadest sense, throughout West Lancashire.Within the strategy, we have outlined our strategic approach, principles and responsibilities to achieve this by tackling health inequalities and promoting better quality of life for everyone who lives or works in the borough.The priorities were developed in a way in which to provide a roadmap to give a clear sense of direction in this journey. By setting a policy framework that focuses on better joined up working, shared vision and effective collaboration across a range of Council services we aim to better influencehealth outcomes by tackling the wider determinants which impinge quality of life.It is anticipated that once the strategy is implemented we will create a supportive and permissive environment to tackle the health challenges we face and set the scene for future health development.During the development of this strategy, we took on board the strong argument in the NHS ‘Five Year Forward View’, "that the future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health". The strategy acknowledges that good health and wellbeing is in everyone's interest and therefore, everyone has a responsibility to play their part and we want to play ours.Scope and context:This is a strategic document, which sets out the high-level objectives and possible actions in relation to three broad priority areas. It does not provide detailed information about how the priorities will be delivered; these details will be contained in individual policy documents and corresponding action plans. This work will follow and be led by the Council's Health and Wellbeing Strategy Manager.Governance and regulation:The overall delivery of the three key areas cannot be delivered in silos. We have identified that the policy document will be "living" and will evolve and change dependanton the health and wellbeing needs of our community, mainly in relation to delivering
better health outcomes in the most effective, efficient and equitable ways we can by utilisation of our existing services.To add, each priority will require a cohesive and joined up approach to ensure we can achieve the milestones.It is anticipated that the Council's Health and Wellbeing Strategy Manager will develop the supporting policy documents and action plans to bring the strategy to fruition. This work will require buy-in and support from several internal services and officers. To deliver the core functions accountability will be key. To enable accountability a task and finish team will be formed for each individual priority. Within the teams’ key officers will be actively involved, or deputies on their behalf who have autonomy to make decisions and influence the required outcomes.During task and finish group meetings implementation plans will be reviewed, outcomesdiscussed and progress monitored. The groups will be chaired by the Health and Wellbeing Strategy Manager and will be held quarterly and will last no longer than 2 hours. Schedules of meetings will be circulated well in advance and on an annual basis.Regular updates on priority progress will be reported to the Director of Leisure and Wellbeing Services with the accompanying action plans and performance metrics on a quarterly basis.To make sure this strategy stays in tune with the changing needs of our West Lancashire people the strategy will be a “living document” and as the strategy evolves and work is added or changed notification through our formal governance (delegated authority) will be followed.
Why did we develop this strategy?Each and everyone of us is affected by levels of health and wellbeing we experience. Many West Lancashire residents enjoy good health and wellbeing and West Lancashireperforms well compared to other areas. However, significant problems persist such as the low level of physical activity in children and young people and the fact that if you livein the most deprived wards of West Lancashire on average you will live 8.8 years less than if you lived in the least deprived. However, West Lancashire has a clear identify, a strong heritage and is a cultural home to ###### residents.West Lancashire is a borough of dramatic contrasts with rural, idyllic villages, industrial heritage and ‘new town’ developments. The town of Skelmersdale in the centre of the borough is the largest and most densely populated. There is a marked difference in prosperity and the quality of life between the inner wards and affluent outer suburbs andvillages. ## neighbourhoods, concentrated around the town of Skelmersdale and home to around 68,000 residents are amongst the most deprived areas in the UK.West Lancashire population has risen over the last 30 years and this is expected to continue with projected growth to ###### by 20##We currently have a relatively young population; however, the population is ageing rapidly. We face demand from a significant cohort of frail older people, who are attributes to our society but bring with them issues for our care system of physical frailty and dementia.West Lancashire is not alone in that the major challenge we face is managing significantreductions in our funding whilst facing increasing demand for our services.The NHS will be approximately £30 billion short of funds by the end of this decade whilst local authorities have had cuts imposed by central government of more than 30% in recent years. Taken together the impact of the funding squeeze affects the financial viability of the system. Alongside this, the next decade will bring a growing demand for the health and social care. This rise in demand comes from the demographic fact that there will be a steep rise in the number of very old people and it is certain that very old people have a larger number of long term conditions than the rest of the population.The case to transform health and social care is overwhelming. Just consider some of the killer issues in our borough; smoking related deaths, ##### #####. A ### of the adult population are excessively overweight. Life expectancy within West Lancashire varies considerably with men in our most affluent communities living more than 9 years longer than those in our most deprived areas.

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