New board to take care of town’s wellbeing from 2013

L-R- Cllr Patricia Schofield and Elizabeth Paver at the Hill House/St Mary's reunion. Picture: Holly Allen.

L-R- Cllr Patricia Schofield and Elizabeth Paver at the Hill House/St Mary's reunion. Picture: Holly Allen.

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A NEW statutory committee has been set up within Doncaster Council in a bid to improve the health and wellbeing of residents across the town.

The Health and Wellbeing Board has been set up in response to Government proposals which will increase the responsibility of local authorities for such matters by April 2013.

Coun Patricia Schofield, portfolio holder for adult social care, is chairwoman of the shadow health and well being Board in Doncaster which has met three times since April.

Other board members include Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, portfolio holder for children and young people’s services; Joan Beck, director of adults and communities; Chris Pratt, director of children & young people’s service; Dr Tony Baxter, director of public health; Dr Eric Kelly, chairman of Doncaster clinical commissioning group and Chris Stainforth, chief operating officer for NHS Doncaster.

While the board is in shadow form at the moment, in the future membership can be expanded to include other members, such as representatives of the voluntary sector, relevant public service officials and professional and community organisations.

The board has a duty to ensure public involvement in health and social care planning throughout the borough.

Its main function will be to ensure the production of a Health and Welbeing Strategy for Doncaster.

Coun Schofield said: “The formation of the board is an important step forward for the borough and we are looking forward to developing our working relationships with our colleagues in health for the benefit of Doncaster residents.”