We are developing 6 Health and Wellbeing deals and 6 Economic Growth deals between the County Council and District and Boroughs.
We aim to have 12 deals signed and underway by 2022.
December 2019 performance
We have 7 of 12 partnership deals signed and we are on track to meet our 2022 target. All 6 Growth deals are signed and in progress, and 1 Health and Wellbeing deal signed with the remaining 5 progressing well.
All 6 Growth deals were signed in 2018-19. Details on progress for the Health and Wellbeing deals can be found below.
Actions - Wellbeing deals
At their meeting on 31st October 2019, the West Sussex Chief Executive Officers supported the development of refreshed health and wellbeing partnerships between West Sussex County Council and the seven District and borough Councils across West Sussex, agreeing to identify key officers from their organisations to support their development. Throughout December 2019 and January 2020, meetings have taken place with senior managers in district and borough councils to progress this further. It is anticipated the refreshed health and wellbeing partnerships will be launched by summer 2020.
Adur & Worthing
Four key workstreams are being progressed:
Thriving connections - This initiative aims to explore how to better prevent loneliness and social isolation. The work so far is seeking to understand if children aged 5-11 without a positive role-model and older generations who have time and experience to share, would both benefit from spending quality time together. Beat the Street West Sussex took place last summer. This free, fun challenge saw over 16,000 residents competing to see if their school, community group or workplace could walk, run, scoot, or cycle the furthest.
Live Well through work and skills - This is an emerging project to explore how we can work with key employers to provide skills and opportunities to those in temporary accommodations who are work ready.
Preventing Homelessness We have been working to see if we identify people at risk of losing their home and intervene early enough to prevent homelessness. We have piloted interventions such as introducing an integrated pathway and approach for families; co-locating Housing & Jobcentre Plus; provision of education and awareness for professionals.
Initial evaluation has demonstrated that professionals are able to identify triggers of homelessness, and have a process to work together with Housing officers, creating a shared plan. Other professionals (e.g Mental Health) also better understand their role in Preventing Homelessness. As a result 113 households have been prevented from homelessness, a gross cost savings of £832,101.49 to housing; £253,582 savings to NHS services, £123,841 savings to mental health services & £707,469 savings to criminal justice services.
Working in Partnership to create a health deal for Crawley connecting all partners to focus on the local health priorities together. These include Healthy lifestyles -smoking, drinking, exercise and diet, Mental health, Dementia and wellbeing - self harm, Later years – falls, hip fractures, social isolation; Inequalities, gap in life expectancy.
The partnership is chaired by Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Chief Executive of Crawley Borough Council and it has been agreed to base the deal on the Wigan model, key features of which are making health everybody’s business, working with communities rather than ‘doing to’, building on community assets and starting with what we already know about communities.
Following initial scoping meetings earlier this year to develop the health and wellbeing deal, Lourdes Madigasekera-Elliott, Programme Manager Public Health and Sustainability is currently taking forward the development of including health and wellbeing into planning as part of the Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach.
We continue to work with Mid Sussex District Council, Sussex University and the Coast to Capital LEP to support the opening of sixth form college provision in Haywards Heath, working towards a September 2020 opening and have engaged with local schools and businesses as part of their stakeholder engagement.
The County Adaptations manager was recruited and has been in post since October 2018. The focus of the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) project since then has been on progressing the development of a single policy across all District and Borough Councils that optimises the flexibilities and discretion available to Councils in providing adaptations; improved processes that have increased the speed of adaptation delivery and the implementation, jointly with the County Council, of a new Minor adaptations and Deep clean service in February 2019.
During July 2019, Arun Wellbeing, part of the West Sussex Wellbeing Programme, began rolling out smoking cessation services to staff. It is anticipated wider roll-out to the local population will take place in August 2019.
Beat the Street West Sussex took place from 19th June to 31st July 2019 across Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. This free, fun challenge saw over 16,000 residents competing to see if their school, community group or workplace could walk, run, scoot, or cycle the furthest.
Actions - Growth Deals
All 6 Growth Deals with District & Boroughs have been completed. Details can be found at - https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/about-the-council/how-the-council-works/partnership-work/working-with-district-and-borough-councils-growth-deals/
Each growth deal identifies specific priority projects to bring local improvements for West Sussex residents, businesses and visitors.