Health and wellbeing board

Blackburn with Darwen has a history of successful partnership and integrated working to improve health and wellbeing.

Blackburn with Darwen has a history of successful partnership and integrated working to improve health and wellbeing.

The Blackburn with Darwen Health and Wellbeing Board is a forum for leaders from the health and care system in Blackburn with Darwen to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population and reduce health inequalities. 

The Board was established following the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and became a statutory group in April 2013.  The Health and Care Act 2022 confirms the continuing role and purpose of Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Our shared ambition is:

To work together to create a healthier, safer and fairer Blackburn with Darwen where everyone benefits from sustained improvements in health and wellbeing 
It is the responsibility of the Health and Wellbeing Board to:

  • Identify health and wellbeing needs in our area using the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
  • Prepare a Joint Local Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JLHWS) setting out how we will work together to improve health and wellbeing for local people
  • Provide local accountability for improved health and wellbeing and health equity outcomes for the communities of Blackburn with Darwen
  • Promote integration and partnership working between the NHS, social care, public health and other local services
  • Improve local democratic accountability for health and wellbeing

Membership, meetings and agendas

The Health and Wellbeing Board is made up of Local Councillors, Council and NHS Chief Officers, a representative of the local Healthwatch, and delegates from the voluntary, community and faith sector.  
The Board meets quarterly in public, with the opportunity for residents to bring questions and petitions to meetings.

Find out about meeting dates and agendas.

Our Strategy

The Joint Local Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Blackburn with Darwen sets out our overarching plan through which the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, as well as residents, will work together to improve health and wellbeing for and with the local people. 

Joint Local Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2023-2028