Scaling the heights of the Health and Wellbeing Summit

The first Welwyn Hatfield public health and wellbeing summit was held at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield, recently.

Health and Wellbeing Summit presentation

The first Welwyn Hatfield public health and wellbeing summit was held at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield, recently. 


Organised by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Public Health and Protection team, and supported by the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon, the summit saw representatives from key stakeholders and the voluntary sector come together to share knowledge, information and best practice regarding health inequalities and priorities, as part of the review of the council's public health strategy.


Representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, East and North Herts Hospital, East and North Herts CCG, Age UK Herts, and community groups took part in presentations and workshops across the day. They looked at the good work currently being carried out and also discussed the challenges and opportunities of delivering effective services to all those living and working in the borough. 


Cllr Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Public Health and the opening speaker at the summit, said:

Many services the council provides have an impact on health and wellbeing, such as environmental health, housing, planning, environment, licensing and leisure. The council has introduced a requirement for health and wellbeing implications and risks to be considered in every council report - a 'health in all policies' approach. We've introduced a number of projects for residents, including Health Walks, the Hoarding project and Shape Up, via the District Partnership Fund. But with health inequalities translating into a difference in life expectancy across the borough, there's more work to be done; and we have also been looking forward to exciting new initiatives in the pipeline.

Hertfordshire's Director of Public Health Jim McManus, who attended the event, said:

Effective working between county and districts is key to the success of public health initiatives and we are passionate about doing this. We are putting funding into a series of 'Healthy Hubs' across Hertfordshire but this is just the tip of the iceberg, and we must continue the momentum to drive projects forward and close the gap on health inequalities.