Councillor Rebecca Charlwood is a Labour councillor at Leeds City Council and is currently the Council’s Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults. This role covers Public Health, partnerships with the NHS and Adult Social Care. She has held a wide range of positions during her time as a Councillor including being the Inner North East community committee champion for children services.
Councillor Charlwood is also the Chair of Leeds' Health and Wellbeing Board, which is responsible for the City's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment. The ambition set in the refreshed Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-21 is for Leeds to be the Best City for Health and Wellbeing driven by a clear vision that Leeds will be a healthy and caring city for all ages, where people who are the poorest improve their health the fastest.
Cllr Charlwood is determined to continue to raise awareness of mental health issues as the council’s mental health champion. Working earlier in her career as a mental health support worker in East Leeds, she has seen first-hand how incredibly important it is to ensure the most vulnerable people in the city are fully supported and cared for. Her experience working across the health and care sector continues to motivate Cllr Charlwood to focus on reducing health inequalities across Leeds.
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