As a result of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act and the transformation of the NHS, Local Authorities have an increased responsibility for the health of their residents. Alongside the direct responsibility for Public Health services we also now play a key part in all health services and must ensure healthy relationships and partnership work with all health providers.
As a result of this all councils were required to establish a Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) and in April 2013 Stockton's Health and Wellbeing Board was officially recognised as a Committee of the Council.
The aim of the HWB is to improve and protect the Borough's health and improve the health of the poorest fastest. It's objectives also include ensuring a joined-up approach to the planning and delivery of services aimed at improving Health and Wellbeing and to address inequalities where they exist.
Further objectives and information about the HWB can be found in their Terms of Reference.
The Health and Wellbeing Board will review its Terms of Reference annually to ensure all objectives are being met and to continue to promote strong work with relevant partners.
Health and Wellbeing strategies identify priorities for health and wellbeing for local populations and the approaches that will be taken to improve health and reduce health inequalities. The Stockton Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy highlights three key priorities:
Work done by organisations supporting health and wellbeing in local areas should be informed by and have regard to the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The current strategy expires in 2018; we are therefore in the process to refresh the strategy to focus on the next few years.
Stockton on Tees Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) published its first Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) in March 2015 and has now published a statutory update within 3 years of that date. The PNA includes a description of all the pharmaceutical services currently available from local community pharmacies and other providers and identifies any potential for improvement or better access in the future. The PNA is used by NHS England to guide the commissioning of pharmaceutical services, including new community pharmacies, or changes to their opening times. The PNA may also be used to inform the commissioning of services from pharmacies by Stockton on Tees Borough Council and NHS Stockton on Tees and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group.
The HWB is also required to keep the PNA up to date by:
Supplementary Statements – Stockton on Tees HWB PNA
When changes to pharmaceutical services take place, such as opening a new pharmacy, this may be documented by the publication of a Supplementary Statement, thereby becoming part of the PNA for the area. Supplementary Statements to the PNA 2018 issued by Stockton on Tees HWB will be shown here (none issued at present).
Map of pharmacies in the Stockton on Tees HWB area
A map of pharmacy premises in the Stockton on Tees HWB area is included in the PNA 2018. Should there be any change to the map, this will be published here (none issued at present).
The Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) includes members from both the Council and partnership organisations, such as the NHS, Healthwatch and local Police.
The board is chaired by Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member - Adult Services and Health.
The vice-chair of the HWB is Ann McCoy, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member - Children and Young People. A full list of members can be found on the Council's egenda pages.
The vice-chair of the HWB is Ann McCoy, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member - Children and Young People.
A full list of members can be found on the Council's egenda pages.