Barnet's Health and Wellbeing Board

Barnet’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) was established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to act as a forum in which key local leaders from the local health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population. The Board became fully operational on 1 April 2013. It is a formal committee of the local authority charged with promoting greater integration and partnership between bodies from the NHS, public health and local government.

The main statutory duties of the HWB Board are to produce a joint strategic needs assessment and a joint Health and Wellbeing strategy for local population.

More information on Barnet’s Health and Wellbeing Board, including lists of meeting dates, agendas and minutes.  

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Barnet's Health and Wellbeing strategy focuses on prevention, life course approach in everything we do and it tackles wider determinants of health such as employment, housing and education. Specific priorities of the Board and the Strategy are:

  • Mental health and wellbeing;
  • Healthy Weight;
  • Embedding prevention in care closer to home;
  • Improving children’s outcomes.

We are doing some exciting work. Below are some of our recent achievements:

  • We received the Good Food For London Awards 2018 for our work on sugar reduction, quality of food available for all residents, food security and healthy eating and healthy cooking education in schools;
  • We also signed Local Government Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food; whole system commitment from partnership and elected members to reduce access to unhealthy food and drinks at our premises, working with schools to promote healthy eating, making water fountains available and reducing advertising on unhealthy food and drinks;
  • Mayor’s Golden Kilometre is an initiative set up to encourage Barnet schools to help their pupils take part in a 1km run, skip or jog every day around their school playground, field, park or local green space. The main aim of the initiative is to get young people moving more to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing. This initiative is now integrated within the School Resilience Programme. This programme began in 2016 and since then, many local primary schools have signed up with over 7,000 children taking part. 
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  • In June 2018, we run local Diabetes Awareness Week. The focus was on encouraging local residents to #TalkAboutDiabetes. The events included encouraging residents to take up local Park Runs, dance classes for people aged over 50 delivered by Saracen’s sport foundation and GLL, Diabetes UK information sessions and health talks, wellbeing drop-ins at community organisations, Health Walks and two main events: Diabetes Roadshow and Brent Cross event where we encouraged shoppers to assess their risk of getting diabetes. Shoppers were encouraged to complete a risk assessment, and those who scored highly were offered a diabetes test. Of these, 23 people were found to have Type 2 diabetes and a further 20 individuals found out that they were pre-diabetic, and at significant risk of developing the disease.
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We value engagement with our local communities and are starting to hold our meetings in various community settings across the borough. Our last meeting in January 2019 was held at Underhill School and we started the meeting by listening to children and parents what makes them healthy and happy! This way we ensure that community voice is heard and integrated into our strategies.