THE Torbay Health and Wellbeing Board has been set up to ensure the public experiences 'more joined-up' services from the NHS and council.
The board is a committee of Torbay Council, comprised of up to five council members appointed by the mayor, the directors of adult social services, children's services and public health, and representatives of Healthwatch Torbay and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group.
The board members will collaborate to understand their community's needs, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined-up way.
The decision was passed at the Torbay Council meeting on Wednesday evening with just a couple of abstentions.
Cllr Chris Lewis said the creation of the new committee was 'an exciting time'.
"I don't want this to be a talking shop. We have to deliver," he said. "We've all got to work together to save everyone money in the long term. It's worth putting the money in now to make the savings later."
Cllr Alan Faulkner said: "I look forward to seeing the improvements in the community that this will bring."