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 most in need. 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.
The HWB oversees the development of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments. The JSNA is a tool to inform and guide the planning and delivery of health, wellbeing, social care and related services within Stockton-on-Tees. Partnership working is an essential component to the JSNA, bringing together a range of stakeholders with a shared interest in a topic area to stimulate positive action for the residents of the Borough.
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.
Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Stockton identifies key priorities and shows approaches that will be taken over a five year period to improve health and reduce health inequalities. The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2019-23 has the following priorities:
All children and families get the best start in life
All people in Stockton-on-Tees live well and live longer
All people in Stockton-on-Tees live in healthy places and sustainable communities
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018
The Stockton-on-Tees Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has published its most recent Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) in March 2018. The PNA includes a description of all the pharmaceutical services currently available from local community pharmacies and other providers. It also identifies any potential for improvement or better access in the future.
The HWB is also required to keep the PNA up to date by:
- Making a revised assessment as soon as is reasonably practicable after identifying changes to the need for pharmaceutical services which are of a significant extent
- Publication of Supplementary Statements if required
- Maintaining the map of pharmaceutical services
- Publishing a full review before April 2021*
* In May 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) initially determined that the requirement to publish renewed PNAs would be suspended for a year (to April 2022) in order to reduce unnecessary extra pressure on local authorities, Local Pharmaceutical Committees, pharmacy contractors and other stakeholders during the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Subsequently, in March 2021, due to ongoing pressures across all sectors in managing the pandemic response, the requirement to publish renewed Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments was postponed further until October 2022. The Health and Wellbeing Board will retain the ability to issue supplementary statements to respond to local changes and during this time. It is understood that the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 will be further updated to reflect this second change in due course.
In accordance with the above the Stockton-on-Tees Health and Wellbeing Board advises that the statutory review of the 2018 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment has now commenced and an updated Stockton-on-Tees Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is now due to be published by October 2022.
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 Health and Wellbeing Board will be shown here:
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:
Who is on the Board
The membership of the Health and Wellbeing Board includes Hartlepool and Stockton CCG, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Mental Health Trust, Healthwatch, Catalyst, Hartlepool and Stockton Health, The Police Crime Commissioner, Cleveland Fire Service and senior officers and councillors of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
The Board is Chaired by Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member - Culture, Leisure and Health.
A full list of members can be found on the Council's egenda pages.