Graphic of people in a circle holding hands.What is the Ashford Health and Wellbeing Board?

Ashford’s Health and Wellbeing Board was set up following central government reforms.

It is a sub-committee of the Kent Health and Wellbeing Board. With health professionals and expert officers working together, the board puts accountability for local health matters firmly in the hands of local people. Most importantly of all though is that the voice of Ashford's residents is heard, through elected members, HealthWatch and patient representatives.

What does it do?

The board offers a fresh look at the way the health and wellbeing of Ashford’s residents is observed and measured. It also has an influence over the commissioning decisions made across public health and social care in the borough.

It looks at improving the health and wellbeing of the people living in Ashford through joined up commissioning across the National Health Service (NHS), social care, borough council, public health and other services that are directly related to health and wellbeing.

The health and wellbeing of Ashford’s residents is paramount to influencing the services that are commissioned, and ensuring that the resources available are prioritised in accordance with the needs of our community.

The board's current priorities are:

  1. Smoking
  2. Obesity in children and excess weight in adults
  3. Housing & Health
  4. Diabetes

Previous priorities have included dementia.

What input do I have?

Importantly the board meets in public, meaning that local people can be involved and can see the transparency of the decision-making processes, while feeding into the debate.

Who is on the board?

The members of this board have a big responsibility to ensure that the new way of working is efficient.

The board is currently chaired by Councillor Bradford, our cabinet member for community safety and wellbeing, and the vice chair is held by Dr Navin Kumta, Clinical Lead and Chair of Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group.

Current board members
Board Member Designation / Organisation
Dr Navin Kumta Clinical lead and chair Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group
Cllr Brad Bradford Cabinet member for community safety and wellbeing, Ashford Borough Council
Cllr Peter Oakford Cabinet member for specialist children's services, Kent County Council
Simon Perks Accountable officer at NHS Ashford and NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group
Matthew Capper Director of performance and delivery, Clinical Commissioning Group
TBC Public health specialist, Kent County Council
Karen Cook Policy & relationships advisor (health), Kent County Council
John Bridle Health Watch representative
TBC Voluntary sector representative
Chris Morley Patient and public engagement (PPE) Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group
Helen Anderson  Chair of Ashford Local Children's Partnership Group
Tracey Kerly Chief executive, Ashford Borough Council
Sheila Davison Head of community safety and wellbeing
Christina Fuller Head of cultural, Ashford Borough Council
Sharon Williams Head of housing, Ashford Borough Council
Ray Isworth KALC, Ashford Area

When and where does it meet?

View minutes from previous meetings and agendas for forthcoming ones.

The purpose of meeting in public gives the board the opportunity to listen and understand what matters to residents. All residents are urged to think about coming along and making the most of the opportunity to improve the health system.

Who do I contact for more information?