Councillor Tobin Byers, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health
Dr Dagmar Zeuner, Director of Public Health Merton
Clarissa Larsen, Health & Wellbeing Board Partnership Manager
Purpose of the Health and Wellbeing Board
Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) are designed to deliver strategic, local leadership in health and wellbeing. The work of HWBs are central to informing the commissioning of health and social care services in Merton and have a core role in encouraging joined-up services across the NHS, social care, public health and other local partners. Merton Health and Wellbeing Board has a vision of a fair share of opportunities for health and wellbeing for all Merton residents.
The HWB brings together Merton Council, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, HealthWatch and the voluntary and community sector with a shared focus on improving the health and wellbeing in Merton, tackling health inequalities and focussing on prevention.
All meetings of the Health and Wellbeing Board are held in public and full details appear on
Merton Council's Democracy Services web pages.
The membership of Merton Health and Wellbeing Board includes 14 members with representatives from the Council, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group and strong representation from the voluntary and community sector.
- Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health (Chair)
- Cabinet Member for Children’s Services
- Councillor for the Opposition
- Director of Communities and Housing
- Director of Children, Schools and Families
- Director of Environment and Regeneration
- Director of Public Health
- Merton CCG Chair (Vice Chair)
- Merton CCG Clinician x 2
- Merton CCG Chief Officer
- Representative of HealthWatch
- Representative Merton Voluntary Service Council
- Representative of the Community Engagement Network
Health and Social Care Act 2012
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set up Health and Wellbeing Boards as statutory for each local authority from April 2013.The Act:
- Set up Health and Wellbeing Boards as council committees
- Established a core membership for Health and Wellbeing Boards with flexibility to expand locally.
- Applied a mutual obligation on councils and clinical commissioning groups to undertake the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and develop a local joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
- Set expectations of alignment of health, social care, public health and other commissioning plans.
- Promoted joint commissioning and integrated provision.
- Set a duty for Health and Wellbeing Boards to involve users and the public in JSNA and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
- Gave Health and Wellbeing Boards a role in annual assessments of clinical commissioning groups and their authorisation process.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
Health and Wellbeing Boards are required to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) with Councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups. The JSNA provides a broad base of evidence, a ‘picture of place’ of local health and wellbeing needs and assets.
View the Merton Council JSNA page for more information
Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The Merton Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets out the way the Health and Wellbeing Board will work in partnership to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across the borough. Commissioners of health, health care and social care services must use this strategy to inform commissioning plans, along with the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, which defines the health and wellbeing of our residents.
Merton Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2015-18
Merton Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2015-18 'strategy on a page'
Further information on the Health and Wellbeing Strategy can be obtained by contacting the Health and Wellbeing Board Partnership Manger on 0208 545 4871
The Health and Wellbeing Board works closely with other bodies:
View the Healthwatch Merton page for more information
Healthier Communities and Older People Overview and Scrutiny Panel
View the Merton Council page for more information
View the Merton Council - Public Health page
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the Health and Wellbeing Board, please contact us:
Health and Wellbeing Board Partnership Manager
Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 4871