Barnsley’s Health and Wellbeing Board has produced a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2030. The strategy was discussed by the Board on Thursday 7 October and will be presented to cabinet members on Thursday 21 October. The new strategy aligns with our Barnsley 2030 ambitions - where keeping ourselves and our families well is the key to living happy and productive lives.
The Barnsley Health and Wellbeing Board has produced the borough-wide strategy. It sets out the approach for meeting local people’s and the community's health and wellbeing needs. The previous strategy, 'Feels Good Barnsley', ran from 2016-20.
The refreshed strategy is split into three key areas: starting well, living well and ageing well. The immediate priorities are improving mental health for all ages and ensuring Barnsley is a great place for a child to be born. It sets out a vision for a Healthy Barnsley: "All Barnsley residents are enabled to enjoy long, fulfilling and healthy lives in safe, strong and vibrant communities where every person is equipped with the skills and resources they need to thrive." The new strategy recognises that having a good job, house and education are key to improving our health and wellbeing.
It uses a range of sources, including our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Public Health Outcomes Framework. It also uses national policy research and other local information, like the Poverty Needs Assessment.
Barnsley residents' voices have been used to inform the strategy. This includes the 'A Day in the Life of' research, Children and Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing survey, and the Barnsley 2030 consultation.
Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health and co-chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "This strategy is a key step forward in our Barnsley 2030 aims. It shows our joint commitment across the borough to make sure everyone can live a healthy and productive life. There are ambitious but achievable actions in the strategy. We hope these will improve our residents' health and wellbeing at every stage of their lives.”
Dr Nick Balac, Chair of Barnsley CCG and co-chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "We know that COVID-19 has highlighted and increased health inequalities in Barnsley. We want to make sure recovery from COVID-19 is fair for everyone. We'll start with this, as well as a focus on mental health and ensuring Barnsley is a great place for a child to be born."
The Health and Wellbeing Board will regularly review the performance of this strategy.