Somerset County Council
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Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing

 

Current role holder

Christine Lawrence
Christine Lawrence

Biography

Christine Lawrence has lived in West Somerset for more than 40 years and been involved in local politics for more than 20. 

Over the last two years she was privileged to be the Chairman of the County Council and greatly enjoyed representing the authority and fund raising while in the role. 

Having worked in the health service, starting as a children’s nurse, the Health and Wellbeing Cabinet role is one that is of great personal interest.  Christine listens to Classic FM and loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Responsibilities

  • Lead Member for Public Health and Health and Well-Being
  • Lead member for tackling health and social inequalities
  • Lead for embedding prevention across the work of the council
  • Lead Member for developing greater integration with the health sector and local authority
  • Lead member for developing a joint Somerset vision for improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities
  • Maintaining links with health community and partnerships
  • Leading on public health programmes including obesity, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol services, promotion of Emotional Health and Well Being, NHS Health Checks and sexual health
  • Community Safety
  • Drugs and Alcohol Partnership
  • Oversight of all health protection arrangements at a local level including immunisation, prevention and mental wellbeing
  • Health and Well-Being intelligence at local level
  • To be accountable for policy development and the financial and operational performance of services within their area of responsibility, including meeting the requirements of the County Plan and the Medium Term Financial Plan.

Deputy Leader role 

  • Full powers to undertake the role of the Leader where the Leader is absent or is unable to perform the role 

 

You can find more information about this Member here  

News

  • Make every sleep safer for babies
    Somerset parents, grandparents and carers are advised to take steps to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual 'Safer Sleep Week',...
  • Stay safe and well in severe weather
    Take extra care and look out for others during the cold and icy weather, Somerset County Council urges as the Met Office issues a Level 3 cold weather alert for the South West. The alert is triggered...
  • Cabinet gives Family Support Service the green light
    Councillors today gave the green light to plans for a new Family Support Service in Somerset. The County Council's Cabinet approved two recommendations that pave the way for a new service that aims...
  • E-Learning Course Launches to Improve Adult Oral Health
    Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone supporting adults to complete a new free online course to help improve adult oral health.  The adult oral health course is one of a series of two modules...
  • 'Time to Talk' comes to Somerset
    Somerset County Council is proud to support a range of 'Time To Talk' events co-ordinated across Somerset by charity MIND in Taunton and West Somerset. The awareness day (Thursday 1st February 2018)...
 

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