The business case for the new Wellbeing Community Interest Company (CIC) is set to be discussed at Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet meeting tomorrow (10th November).
About the new wellbeing company
Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Northampton are working together to form the new company, which will bring together services and expertise that enable people to feel healthier and better about themselves.
These wellbeing services could include smoking cessation clinics, help with weight management, debt advice, befriending services, support for people to improve their physical activity levels or improve their literacy. Some services will be free and others will be paid for.
The new wellbeing CIC is a key component of Northamptonshire County Council’s next generation council model which will right source safeguarding and wellbeing outcomes through a federation of newly-formed bodies, including the new wellbeing company.
The CIC is set to be established in December. Following this and subject to further consultation, including with employees, it is proposed that staff and services will be transferred from Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Northamptonshire County Council into the new organisation over the next six months, with the aim of being fully operational by Summer 2016.
County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing,
Councillor Robin Brown said: “The new wellbeing community interest company is being created to deliver better health and wellbeing for everyone in the county by bringing together a range of skills, knowledge and expertise that is currently spread across a number of organisations.
"It’s an important part of our next generation council plans and an exciting time for health and wellbeing services as we change the way Northamptonshire supports its residents to improve their wellbeing, and in doing so help prevent them from becoming ill and creating demands on health and social services.”
Diane McKerracher, Interim Managing Director for the Wellbeing CIC said: “This is an important step for the new Wellbeing Community Interest Company. This year we’ve been carrying out extensive consultation and engagement, and working hard to prepare the business case ahead of the CIC being properly established in December.
“We’ll be continuing to involve residents, providers and partners as we shape the new organisation to ensure it meets their needs when it becomes operational next year."
Visit the Wellbeing Community Interest Company website for more information.