Who we are
Health and Wellbeing Boards were established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and the County Durham Health and Wellbeing Board was formally established as a committee of Durham County Council in April 2013.
The composition of the Health and Wellbeing Board is as follows:
- Representation from County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group
- A representative from Local Healthwatch
- Durham County Council (DCC) Corporate Director of Adult and Health Services
- DCC Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services
- Director of Public Health
Elected representatives nominated by Durham County Council’s Leader – currently:
- Portfolio Holder for Adult and Health Services
- Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services
- Portfolio Holder for Finance
- Director of Integration (a joint representative of Durham County Council, and health partners)
- A representative from the housing sector
- Office of Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner
- County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Nominated representation from each of the following:
- Chief Executive of Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust
- Chief Executive of County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
- Chief Executive of City of Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
- Chief Executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
- Chief Executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
What we do
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives the County Durham Health and Wellbeing Board specific roles and functions as follows:
- to develop a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (Durham Insight) (JSNA), which provides 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 (JHWS) which is based on evidence in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (Durham Insight)
- 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
- the power to encourage those who provide services related to social determinants of health to work closely with the Health and Wellbeing Board
- to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (Durham Insight) which looks at the current provision of pharmacy services across County Durham, and whether there are any potential gaps to service delivery
- to act as the Local Outbreak Engagement Board as the public-facing Board led by Elected Members of the Council to communicate openly with the public
The Health and Wellbeing Board is a Committee of Durham County Council. The Board’s agendas, minutes and memberships are available for you to view.
The Board produces an annual report. The latest report from 2018-2019 can be viewed on the council’s committee services website: Health and Wellbeing Board meeting – 17 September 2019 – annual report (agenda item 6, appendix 2).
An annual report has not been produced for 2019–2020, or for 2020–2021 due to the service and partners responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.