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.
In accordance with our statutory duties the Stockton-on-Tees Health and Wellbeing Board has produced and published its first Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) as of the 1 April 2015. This PNA replaces the assessment conducted by the Primary Care Trust in 2011, providing an up to date assessment of pharmacy provision, and population need for pharmaceutical services across the Borough.
Following wide consultation with a range of stakeholders and members of the public, the final PNA 2015 -2018 is available to view here.
The final version remains substantively unchanged from the draft document that was issued for consultation, other than to reflect changes required to account for those updates, errors or omissions identified since the draft was completed in October 2014.
The PNA will be maintained in line with statutory requirements. Supplementary Statements that may be published as a result become part of the PNA 2015 and so should be read together.