The Health Devolution Commission

The Health Devolution Commission has been reconstituted to continue to advocate for a devolved approach to healthcare delivery and accountability and undertake an independent and cross party inquiry into the Integration and Innovation White Paper before a Bill is published and legislation is taken through Parliament.

The Commission brings together two former, Labour and Conservative, Secretary of States for Health, Andy Burnham and Stephen Dorrell, with three former Health Ministers including Norman Lamb, Alastair Burt and Phil Hope. They are joined by senior professional figures from the health, mental health, local government and third sectors.

In advance of the Health and Care Bill the Commission has now published its latest report Levelling Up Health.

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Recently Published

In advance of the Health and Care Bill the Commission has now published its latest report Levelling Up Health.

‘Levelling Up Health’, makes 28 detailed recommendations to the Government’s Health and Care Bill including on the purpose of the reform and the future power relationship between the NHS, local government and other stakeholders including the VCSE and patient representative bodies. It says better – more personalised, local and integrated – NHS, social care and public health services and a relentless focus on addressing health inequalities should be at the heart of the Government’s reorganisation.

SIX KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM LEVELLING UP HEALTH
  1. Population health improvement and reducing health inequalities should be primary purposes of ICSs that are written on to the face of the Bill
  1. ICSs should promote a ‘health in all policies’ approach and encourage greater action by other public, voluntary and private sector organisations
  1. The Government should make a public commitment to parity of esteem between the NHS and Local Government
  1. The Government should publicly acknowledge that ‘place based partnerships’, based on the principle of subsidiarity and the footprints of councils with adult social care responsibilities, are the building blocks of the Integrated Care Systems and the principal level at which integration, and delivery, of services should be taken forward.
  1. The presumption should be that the ICS Partnership is chaired by a Local Government leader – or Metro Mayor if agreed by a relevant Combined Authority –  and include a range of members from the NHS, Local Government, Universities, LEP(s), the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and patient representative bodies.
  1. The ICS NHS Board should fulfil its mandate in ways that are compliant with the ICS Partnership’s Health and Wellbeing Plan. The Government should produce detailed statutory guidance on how the ICS NHS Board will have ‘due regard’ to the plan of the Partnership including a ‘comply or explain’ approach.

Read the full report here.

Who we are

HEALTH DEVOLUTION COMMISSIONERS

  • Rt Hon Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and former Secretary of State for Health (Co-chair)
  • Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former Minister for Community and Social Care (Co-chair)
  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former Minister for Community and Social Care
  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, former Secretary of State for Health
  • Phil Hope, former Minister of State for Care Services
  • Dr Linda Patterson, former Medical Director of CHI and Vice President of RCP
  • Peter Hay, former President ADASS

ADVISORY COMMISSIONERS

  • Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Committee
  • Sarah Walter and Michael Wood, NHS Confederation
  • Dick Sorabji, Deputy Chief Executive, London Councils
  • Professor Jo Pritchard and Dr Andrew Catto, Social Enterprise UK
  • David Weaver, President , BACP
  • Steve Mulligan, Four Nations Lead, BACP
  • Seamus O’Neill, Chair, the Northern Health Science Alliance
  • Rob Webster, Chief Executive, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jo Webster, Chief Officer, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
  • Sarah Price, Interim Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead, Strategy & System Development, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Click here to find out more about the Health Devolution Commissioners.

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