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

  • More Somerset Mums-To-Be Kick The Habit
    The number of women who smoke in pregnancy in Somerset continues to fall in contrast to the national picture where progress has stalled in recent years. Figures released today (Tuesday 3 July) show...
  • Beat the heat and stay safe
    With the hot weather set to continue over the next few days Somerset County Council is urging everyone to take care in the sun and keep an eye out for vulnerable loved ones and neighbours. The Met...
  • Glastonbury Abbey receives 'Positive About Breastfeeding' award
    Glastonbury Abbey has become the first local landmark to receive a 'Positive About Breastfeeding' award to mark the recent National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (20-26th June 2018). Somerset County...
  • Have your say on 'Improving Lives'
    A nine week consultation launched today inviting residents, organisations and communities to have their say on health and wellbeing priorities in the County. The results from the consultation, which...
  • Safer homes for Somerset children: together we've got this!
    Somerset County and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week 2018 (4-10th June 2018) to help keep children safe at home. The Council is working with Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue...
 

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