Notes to editors
The report is the Health and wellbeing boards: System leaders or talking shops?
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The report is based on a survey of 50 local authority areas covering all regions of England to find out how they and their health partners are implementing the new boards. Telephone interviews were conducted in September and October 2011 with lead officers identified by local authorities themselves. The report sets out the findings from that survey, and presents case studies based on the experience of two early implementers, Lambeth and Surrey – each facing very different circumstances.
The report forms part of a wider programme of work carried out by The King's Fund on health and wellbeing boards. This includes supporting several local authorities and their health partners to develop their shadow boards. We also produce a Health and Wellbeing Boards bulletin.
Alongside this, we have developed a health and wellbeing board directory.
The King's Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.