Ashford’s Health and Wellbeing Board was set up following central government reforms.
It is a sub-committee of the Kent Health and Wellbeing Board. With health professionals and expert officers working together, the board puts accountability for local health matters firmly in the hands of local people. Most importantly of all though is that the voice of Ashford's residents is heard, through elected members, HealthWatch and patient representatives.
The board offers a fresh look at the way the health and wellbeing of Ashford’s residents is observed and measured. It also has an influence over the commissioning decisions made across public health and social care in the borough.
It looks at improving the health and wellbeing of the people living in Ashford through joined up commissioning across the National Health Service (NHS), social care, borough council, public health and other services that are directly related to health and wellbeing.
The health and wellbeing of Ashford’s residents is paramount to influencing the services that are commissioned, and ensuring that the resources available are prioritised in accordance with the needs of our community, is vital.
The board's current priorities are:
Importantly the board meets in public, meaning that local people can be involved and can see the transparency of the decision-making processes, while feeding into the debate.
The members of this board have a big responsibility to ensure that the new way of working is efficient.
The board is currently chaired by Councillor Bradford, our cabinet member for Highways, Wellbeing and Safety, and the vice chair is held by Dr Navin Kumta, Clinical Lead and Chair of Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group.
|Board Member||Designation / Organisation|
|Dr Navin Kumta||Clinical lead and chair Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group|
|Cllr Brad Bradford||Cabinet member for community safety and wellbeing, Ashford Borough Council|
|Cllr Peter Oakford||Cabinet member for specialist children's services, Kent County Council|
|Simon Perks||Accountable officer at NHS Ashford and NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group|
|Matthew Capper||Director of performance and delivery, Clinical Commissioning Group|
|TBC||Public health specialist, Kent County Council|
|Karen Cook||Policy & relationships advisor (health), Kent County Council|
|John Bridle||Health Watch representative|
|TBC||Voluntary sector representative|
|Chris Morley||Patient and public engagement (PPE) Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group|
|Helen Anderson||Chair of Ashford Local Children's Partnership Group|
|Tracey Kerly||Chief executive, Ashford Borough Council|
|Sheila Davison||Head of community safety and wellbeing|
|Christina Fuller||Head of cultural, Ashford Borough Council|
|Sharon Williams||Head of housing, Ashford Borough Council|
|Ray Isworth||KALC, Ashford Area|
The purpose of meeting in public gives the board the opportunity to listen and understand what matters to residents. All residents are urged to think about coming along and making the most of the opportunity to improve the health system.