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The Borough of Bolton has a resident population of approximately 280,000. The health and social care system comprises a number of statutory organisations along with a GP Federation and vibrant community and voluntary sector:

  • Bolton Foundation Trust
  • Bolton Council
  • Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust
  • Bolton Federation
  • Bolton CVS
  • HealthWatch Bolton

These organisations and wider stakeholders have worked jointly to develop Bolton’s Health and Care Locality Plan to deliver real improvements in health and wellbeing for Bolton people and make services more sustainable for the future, in terms of money and patient care.


Health literacy refers to the skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence needed to use health and social care information and services.

These documents explain how:

  • these individual factors influence public health

  • local health providers can improve health literacy

They can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1YaSDUm

This resource is part of the ‘Local Action on Health Inequalities’ Collection that can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1NvW6YD

The Shared Learning collection is a portfolio of quality-assured examples of implementation of NICE guidance and the use of quality standards to change local practice.
The Quality and Productivity collection provides quality-assured, real life examples of how things can be done differently in health and social care, whilst still providing optimal standards of care to patients. This includes 133 evidence-based examples that have been shown to improve quality and save money, plus areas of potential disinvestment from NICE guidance and Cochrane reviews.

This can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1FRl7pG

The early years benchmarking tool includes information on:

  • funding
  • take-up of the early learning entitlement
  • quality of early years provision
  • children’s outcomes

It covers all local authorities (LAs) in England by region. Also available are the early years funding benchmarking tool and the early years proforma for each LA. Both these funding tools include the projected spend in 2014 to 2015 to provide early learning places for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.

LAs can use these tools to compare their local systems and outcomes against other LAs. They can use these comparisons to support improvements in fairness and increase value for money.

Early years providers, parents and others can use these tools to:

  • understand the early education system in their area
  • understand decisions taken by LAs
  • compare these to other LAs

The user guide explains how to use the tool and what the data means.  The technical note explains the methodology behind the data.

The full collection of resources can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1iHPJ1j

This resource describes how public health in a number of councils has started to use the opportunities of a local government setting to improve health and wellbeing.

The case studies were chosen because they show a range of ways in which public health in councils is approaching working with local business. They include councils spread across England, covering both rural and urban environments and with varying levels of deprivation and affluence. The LGA looks forward to seeing many more such examples of local energy and innovation in the months and years to come, and seeing the measurable impact it will have. The challenge for us all is not just to identify good practice, but to champion and share it.

Case studies include:

  • Creating a healthier workplace
  • Creating a less obeseogenic enviornment
  • Improving child vaccination rates
  • Working with early year providers

You can download the resource by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1zSrjOh

This resource describes how public health in a number of councils has started to use the opportunities of a local government setting to improve health and wellbeing.

The case studies were chosen because they show a range of ways in which public health in councils is approaching working with local business. They include councils spread across England, covering both rural and urban environments and with varying levels of deprivation and affluence. The LGA looks forward to seeing many more such examples of local energy and innovation in the months and years to come, and seeing the measurable impact it will have. The challenge for us all is not just to identify good practice, but to champion and share it.

Case studies include:

  • Creating a healthier workplace
  • Creating a less obeseogenic enviornment
  • Improving child vaccination rates
  • Working with early year providers

You can download the resource by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1zSrjOh

This document has been designed to help health and other professionals set up successful data sharing processes (particularly for the sharing of Accident and Emergency department [A&E] data) and understand how anonymised data from health sources can be analysed and used to inform local violence prevention. The document outlines the various health data sources available and highlights how they can be used; provides practical steps that could be taken to set up data sharing systems, particularly within A&Es; identifies common barriers to setting up data sharing systems and how these can be overcome; and includes how health information should be managed and handled to ensure that shared data are processed securely and legally.

You can access the resource by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1uzl0Qo

LG  (Local Government) Inform is a webiste from the LGA. It presents you with up-to-date published data about your local area and the performance of your council or fire and rescue authority. Whether you’re interested in scrutiny, a particular service area, or simply need an overview, it can help you review and compare performance with other authorities. It also houses relevant reports published by the LGA.

You can access the resource by clicking here: http://lginform.local.gov.uk/

*Please Note* - whilst it is a very useful website, the information available on it may not be as accurate and up-to-date as locally generated data and knowledge (i.e. Bolton's Health Matters!)

The Better Care Fund is intended to transform local health and social care services so that they work together to provide better joined up care and support. This is the Better Care Fund plan for Bolton. Part 1 and Part 2 can be downloaded below.

In this document Public Health England publishes 7 priorities for the next 5 years, having looked closely at the evidence to determine where it can most effectively focus its efforts.

This overarching document sets out our commitment to support their partners with a programme of work that:

  • ensures credible, evidence-based advice is available on the key issues relating to the public’s health
  • develops our ability to engage and support the public in making healthier choices
  • mobilises support for broader action on improving the public’s health

It’s objective is to stimulate is a new movement that focuses on creating and protecting health, not only treating ill health. This document is an invitation to PHE ’colleagues’ across the health professions, local and national government, the voluntary and community sector and the public, to join us in applying the evidence of what we know works to achieve the step-change in the nation’s health that we all seek. This resource can be accessed by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/1wrikAO

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