The vision of the Health and Wellbeing Board is to 'Improve the health and wellbeing of the people of County Durham and reduce health inequalities'.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives the Health and Wellbeing Board specific functions as follows:
- To develop a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, which is part of the Integrated Needs Assessment (INA), providing an overview of the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the people of County Durham;
- To develop a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which is based on evidence in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment;
- A responsibility and duty to encourage integrated working between commissioners of health services, public health and social care services, for the purposes of advancing the health and wellbeing of the people in its area.
- To produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment which looks at the current provision of pharmacy services across County Durham, and whether there are any potential gaps to service delivery.
The Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report details key achievements and developments that have taken place in 2015/16 to achieve the strategic objectives in the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy:
A copy of the Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report is available to download on the documents page.