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Health and Wellbeing Board

health and wellbeing board

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.

 

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

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.

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.  

Stockton on Tees Health and Wellbeing Board understands its statutory duties in relation to the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) and intends to publish its full review of the current PNA within the required timeframe. Notwithstanding any changes to pharmaceutical services and related NHS services that have taken place since first publication and without prejudice to the assessment of needs described in the existing PNA, the HWB for Stockton on Tees formally reports that the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for 2015 is under review i.e. the HWB has commenced a process leading to publication of a revised assessment, with a publication date before 25 March 2018.

 

Who is on the Board

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. 

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The vice-chair of the HWB is Ann McCoy, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member - Children and Young People.

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 A full list of members can be found on the Council's egenda pages.

 

Work Plan

The Health and Wellbeing Board's main objective is to deliver the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2012 - 18), oversee and ensure the delivery and commissioning of health and wellbeing services in the Borough and addressing health inequalities. 

These objectives will be met through strong partnership work, with local NHS organisations, care services and the voluntary and community sector. These partnerships will work to deliver the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy delivery plan. 

The delivery plan is currently being developed and will be published on these pages in due course. 

If you would like to discuss the delivery plan further please contact:

Sarah Bowman-Abouna

Consultant in Public Health

1st Floor, Bayheath House

5 Prince Regent Street

Stockton-on-Tees

TS18 1DF

Telephone: 01642 524296

Email: sarah.bowman2@stockton.gov.uk 

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