Committee details

West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board

Purpose of committee

West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board COVID-19 Statement


The Health and Wellbeing Board brings together elected councillors and key systems leaders from West Sussex’s health and social care system to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, reduce the gap in health inequalities, and promote joined up working across the health and social care system to ensure better quality services for all. This includes the County Council, district and borough councils, the NHS, acute, community and mental health trusts, and the voluntary and community sector.


The Board recognises that to improve health and wellbeing, and to tackle health inequalities, we have to work together; our strength lies in our position as systems leaders, and our ability to champion the actions of our own and partner’s organisations.


This whole systems approach, is particularly pertinent during these challenging times both locally and nationally, and we want to reassure our local population that our Board members, our systems leaders, are working together tirelessly to make the most effective use of our combined resources, to protect and support our residents and communities.  


We are continuing to ensure our residents and communities are kept updated via the County Council’s website (, which includes links to the latest information and advice from Public Health England, the NHS, the Department for Education, and the Department of Health and Social Care. Government updates can be accessed via their website at


About the Board


The Health and Wellbeing Board is a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.


The Board helps to give communities a greater say in understanding and addressing their local health and social care needs.  To find more detailed information about the Board (and how it operates), see Part 3, the Scheme of Delegation, in the County Council’s Constitution library.


Our vision and plans


It is our vision that:


‘West Sussex is a great place in which to grow up, achieve, raise a family and grow old, in strong, safe and sustainable communities – it is a place where improved health and wellbeing is experienced by all our residents, and the health and wellbeing gap between communities is reducing.’


We work on a number of priorities and plans which supports this vision and are brought together in our Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS).


What else are we responsible for?


We have specific responsibilities for the following areas:


·         Assessment of the health and wellbeing needs of local residents. This is known as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

·         Developing a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy(PDF, 3MB) to meet the health and wellbeing needs identified in the JSNA.

·         Reducing the gap in health and wellbeing between communities.

·         Joining up health and care services

·         Reviewing and approving key health and wellbeing plans and strategies such as the Better Care Fund plan, and Clinical Commissioning Group commissioning plans

·         Producing and publishing the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment



Get involved


We welcome the public, professionals and other stakeholders to all of our meetings. In accordance with regulations in response to the current public health emergency, the County Council may cancel, defer or hold virtual meetings until further notice.  If a virtual meeting is held members will attend and participate remotely via conference calls and there will be press and public access via webcasting. 


The agendas for these meetings will be published on the website and the meetings will be available to watch online via our webcasting website. 


Please contact Democratic Servicesif any further information is required.


Annual Public Health Report 2018


The Director of Public Health has a statutory duty to publish an independent Annual Public Health Report (APHR) (PDF, 2.17MB) that details the state of health within the local population. This year’s report outlines a joined-up approach to health and wellbeing across the public, voluntary and private sector to promote health and wellbeing and prevent ill health across West Sussex. The APHR is an essential part of the JSNA and feeds into the JHWS.


Useful documents


·         Response to the Review of Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (PDF, 122KB)

·         Health & Wellbeing Board Newsletter (Summer 2020)

·         Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy 2019-24 (PDF, 3.6MB)

·         Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy Toolkit (PDF, 474KB)

·         Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Consultation report (PDF, 418KB)

·         Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Equality impact report (PDF, 374KB)


Contact information

Support officer: Erica Keegan on 033 022 26050. Email: