Happier, Healthier Lives - Health and Wellbeing Priorities 2021-2023

Closed 23 Oct 2020

Opened 16 Sep 2020


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The Health and Wellbeing Board is asking for early views on the refresh of their ‘Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy’'. Details can be found here in 'Happier, Healthier Lives - what's your view?'Image of  front cover for 'happier healthier lives - what's your view

The refreshed strategy is due for publication in early 2021.

The Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board, brings together senior leaders from:

  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Foundation Trusts
  • Healthwatch and other voluntary sector representatives.

The Health and Wellbeing Board has a legal responsibility to:

  • understand current and future health and social care needs
  • translate these findings into clear outcomes that they want to achieve.

Earlier this year all Health and Wellbeing Board members agreed the following priorities:

  • Start Well
  • Live Well
  • Age Well

A refreshed strategy would align with our Covid-19 recovery plans and have three cross cutting priorities:

  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Mental health
  • Community engagement

The 'Happier, Healthier Lives - what's your view?' document explains why these priorities have been chosen and what we hope to do.

Why we are refreshing the strategy

The current strategy ends in early 2021. A refresh is needed to take us through to 2023. This gives us an opportunity to check we are still focussing on the right priorities.

The first ‘Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy’ was published in 2013. It aimed to promote healthier lives for everyone in Buckinghamshire. It guided the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board. It also set a context for partner organisations that provide support and services. 

The first refresh in 2016-2021 built on this. It put new emphasis on place (where people live), reducing health inequalities – and more focus on mental health. 

The 2021-2023 refresh will take a life course approach. This means looking at where or at what point the biggest differences can be made to improve people’s health and wellbeing. It will continue to focus on health inequalities, mental health and increasing community engagement as priorities.

Why we want your views

We want to be sure we understand the health and wellbeing challenges faced in Buckinghamshire. Please take the short survey. You will be helping to make sure everyone in Buckinghamshire has a happier, healthier life.


What happens next

Following confirmation of the priorities, the Health and Wellbeing Board will develop an implementation plan.

This will be published along with the refreshed ‘Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2023’.


  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Communities