Health and wellbeing boards are under a duty to prepare a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), a process by which local authority areas review and describe the health and wellbeing needs in their local area together with existing services, facilities and assets for meeting those described needs. Where there is a mismatch, a joint health and wellbeing strategy (JHWS) would describe how the mismatch is to be matched. The JSNA provides information for future service planning.


In February 2017 the H&WBB decided for:

  • A commissioner led process for identifying and conducting topic based needs assessment

  • A more rapid turnaround of needs assessments and a wider range of JSNA 'briefings' rather than a small number of detailed needs assessment

Meeting dates for 2017/18:

  • 13th September 2017, 18th October 2017, 13th December 2017, 7th February 2018, 18th April 2018 (all meetings take place in the Town Hall, Kathrine street, Croydon and start at 2pm)


Meet elected Board Members for the Health & Wellbeing Board & Sub Groups. Click on any of the tabs below to view each individual.


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"I have been a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board for the last 3 years and have been a regular attender and contributor to meetings. I have worked for Off the Record Croydon for over 20 years and feel I have a broad understanding of many of the issues discussed at the Board alongside having the confidence and commitment to bring a voluntary sector perspective to high-level discussions."

Email - Karen Stott
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The Carers Support Centre is the central hub for carers in the borough. As well as being the base for ten organisations working with carers, we also provide a wide range of services to carers in Croydon, via advice & information, specialist surgeries, support groups, publications, health and wellbeing activities, Carers Café, training and information sessions. I would like to ensure that the needs and views of carers are raised at relevant forums in the borough and feel that being a rep on the Health and Wellbeing Board will be an important method of enabling this. I am a longstanding member of the Carers Partnership Board (sub-committee of the H&WBB).

Email - Helen Thompson

I am interested in representing the VCS on this board as I have been involved since its inception, I have seen first-hand how all areas of health and well-being have been addressed in this setting and how Croydon, as a CCG and Local Authority, is actively seeking to be accountable to residents and all stakeholders. Through the wider networks that I am involved in through my role at Croydon Drop In, I am able to disseminate relevant information and bring a very 'real' dimension to discussions around mental health and well-being issues. As a CEO of a local charity I have worked in partnership with many Croydon VCS organisations which has assisted in ensuring resources are utilised in the most effective way possible. My current VCS colleague on the HWBB has also supported this work and together we have been able to demonstrate the positive aspects of working in alliance with other VCS organisations. Alongside the skills and expertise required in being responsible for the operational management of a registered charity, I am also a qualified and experienced trainer, working in the fields, Community & Youth Work, Group Work, Personal Development and Social Enterprise development. I would welcome and appreciate the opportunity of representing the VCS on this board.

Email - Kim Bennet
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"Having been a former drug addict myself (in recovery for 5 years) addictive behaviours is something that is very relevant to me. Also the group that I work with often struggles with drug addictions both legal & illegal. I would be happy to represent the voluntary sector in this sector.”

Email - David Marney
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"I am the Director of Croydon People First. I am the current Chair on the Partnership Board. I have learning difficulties and have been actively representing for many years."

Email - Geraldine O'Shea
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"i have Learning disability and i am part of the Leraning commissioner test"

Email - Sedley Wilson
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"Being an Obstetrician and having worked with local women to achieve their life dream, I am passionate about Maternity Services and the commitments they bring towards the local community"

Email - Dr.K.Jeyanthan
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"Evolve Housing + Support provide housing and support to 326 vulnerable adults and young people. As well as our Mental Health specific services, a high proportion of our customers present with mental health and emotional wellbeing support issues.

As such, I see on a daily basis the impact of mental health on the most vulnerable in our community, and have the drive and passion required to commit to working, as part of this sub-group, to ensure the continued quality of provision in the Borough.

My professional history includes a range of Mental Health and housing roles, from being a mental health support worker at the start of my career, to managing a residential care facility for Mentally Disordered Offenders, and now overseeing operations for a multitude of services for people who experience mental ill health.

I also have a long history of performing in governance related roles, having been a trustee for a Housing Association for four years, being a Housing Services Committee Member of a small services homelessness charity, and having served as a Supporting People Provider Rep for over three years in Croydon itself.

Finally, my experiences in combat as a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces means that I have, during periods of my life, relied on mental health services, so I feel I also have a personal commitment to ensuring quality provision in the borough."

Email - Lee Buss
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"I have been a psychotherapist since 1996 and a supervisor and trainer of psychotherapy since 2000. During that time I have worked with a variety of individuals, couples and groups and am particularly interested in transcultural communications, and family systems. I began to work in the sexual violence field in 2001, and that has been the main area of my work, drawing my attention to gendered violence and how many people are diagnosed with mental health disorders, without always being asked what has happened to them to cause their distress. I have worked with many women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality, Bi Polar Disorder, Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder to name a few. These disorders have arisen from the trauma that our clients have suffered in childhood which was not diagnosed. I hope that I can support the group’s discussion and awareness of the links between mental distress and trauma."

Email - Laura Joanknecht
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"As the director of Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association, chair of the Alzheimer's Society in Croydon as well as a former carer, I am very passionate about prevention, self-care, self-management and shared decision making. I have been sitting on this partnership since January 2015, when the Board was established, and would like to continue in this role."

Email - Brian Longman
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"I work for an organisation called Addington Afro-Ethnic Health Promotion Group (AAEGRO), based in Croydon. We provide information and support services to African Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Our services include information on health, referrals to social services and advocacy on services available. We organise activities that help to reduce isolation among target communities. The majority of our work is to do, at present, with HIV awareness and support to people affected as well as carers."

Email - Mark Mpungu