West Essex Wellbeing Joint Committee
Purpose of committee
The West Essex Wellbeing Joint Committee provides a governance structure for partnership working to develop and implement a Community Wellbeing Strategy for West Essex.
(Please note: This Joint Committeet is currently administered by Epping Forest District Council)
Terms of Reference
1. Wellbeing is fundamental to the success of the communities of West Essex. The community leaders in West Essex; Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford District Councils, along with the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, are committed to working in partnership (and with other partners) to develop and implement a Community Wellbeing Strategy for West Essex.
2. Whilst local partnership arrangements for wellbeing may be developed within each District Council area, the partners in West Essex propose to create a West Essex Wellbeing Joint Committee to provide a governance structure for partnership working.
3. The Joint Committee would consist of representatives from each of the partners; the three District Councils (6 [2 from each Council]), co-optees from Essex County Council (3) and co-optees from the CCG (3) with full voting rights. The Joint Committee would decide on co-optees/invitees from other partners, but would seek to keep the membership of the Committee to a maximum of 15. The Joint Committee would determine the chairmanship of the Committee on an annual basis with rotation between the partners.
4. It is important to state that this would not be accountable to, nor a part of, the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board but a Joint Committee of the three District Councils. This provides West Essex with a formal locally accountable democratic governance structure with authority to act and the ability to make formal representations to both the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board and to other key players outside of Essex.
5. The Joint Committee would additionally fulfil the role of a Local Health and Wellbeing Partnership for the purposes of the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board. This avoids duplication and provides a direct route to, and from, the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board.
6. It is proposed that the Joint Committee would meet quarterly and have terms of reference including:
a. To provide effective local democratically accountable leadership for wellbeing within West Essex.
b. To agree a West Essex Wellbeing Strategy to identify the priorities for wellbeing in West Essex and to influence the resource allocation, service commissioning and service provision within West Essex.
c. To act as a Local Health and Wellbeing Partnership for West Essex and to represent the needs and priorities within West Essex in the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board.
d. To monitor the performance of service commissioners and providers in improving the wellbeing of communities within West Essex in the context of the West Essex Wellbeing Strategy.
e. To evaluate the resource allocations within the whole of Essex to ensure that resources reflect comparative needs between communities.
f. To act as an advocate for West Essex for wellbeing issues.
g. To contribute to the development of the Essex Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
7. The Joint Committee would be supported by an Executive Group consisting of the Chief Executives of the three District Councils, the Chair and Vice Chairs of the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and a senior manager from Essex County Council. The Executive Group may invite or co-opt others onto the group (as appropriate) and would initially meet monthly.
8. The role of the Executive Group will be to ensure that the information required by the Joint Committee is available to it and provide recommendations on policy and action. It will also be responsible for implementing decisions of the Joint Committee.
9. This Executive Group would also act as a resource for the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and the Councils to ensure that they have access to information and advice on health and wellbeing matters.
Meetings are open to members of the public, except for when confidential information is being considered.