The Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Government legislation has now been passed to create two new Northamptonshire unitary councils serving the areas of North and West Northamptonshire.
These two new councils will start providing services to the residents and businesses of Northamptonshire in April and two Health and Wellbeing Boards have been created, one for each of the new unitary councils.
The aim of the Health and Wellbeing Board is to secure:
- better health and wellbeing outcomes in the region
- better quality of care for all patients and care users
- better value for the taxpayer.
In doing so, the Health and Wellbeing Board brings together the NHS, local councils, the Police and other services to encourage residents to Live a Better Life. There are local area partnerships to ensure residents can contact a service when they need help, this includes children and young adults. Wollaston's 'LAP' comes under Wellingborough Rural and the Parish Council Clerk together with a representative from WABIK have been attending local meetings to be able to sign post people in need to correct service. Recently, a poll went out to find out what residents feel are their main priority which could be selected from crime, transport, isolation, cost of living etc. Lack of local transport services and cost of living rated highly in residents concerns.
The Health and Wellbeing Board for both Councils will be under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment in accordance with the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, as amended, by 1 April 2022. Work started in the summer of 2020 in order to meet this duty with the assistance of Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company (PCC).
The pharmaceutical needs assessment assists NHS England and NHS Improvement in determining applications by pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors for new, additional or relocated premises, changes to opening hours or the provision of more pharmaceutical services.