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Annual Director of Public Health Report

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a statutory requirement in accordance with the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

It is a statement of the needs of the population of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole in relation to pharmaceutical services. The PNA is a key tool for NHSE in identifying commissioning intentions for pharmaceutical services and supporting regulatory functions in relation to the provision of high-quality pharmaceutical services for the population.

The PNA:

  • Describes the current services available across the county;
  • Looks at the need for pharmaceutical services in the area; and
  • Makes recommendations for the future provision of pharmaceutical services.

The Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Health and Wellbeing Board hold the statutory responsibility for the PNA. Following public consultation between November 2017 and January 2018, they have approved one PNA for the whole of Dorset, which is available below. In the PNA the Boards also encourage close working relationships between local commissioners and community pharmacies, who play a key part in local communities, as other services develop locally.

PNA Locality Profiles Table
Dorset Bournemouth Poole
Appendix I Christchurch profile Appendix F Bournemouth Central profile Appendix N Poole Bay profile
Appendix J Dorset West profile Appendix G Bournemouth East profile Appendix O Poole Central profile
Appendix K East Dorset profile Appendix H Bournemouth North Profile Appendix P Poole North profile
Appendix L Mid Dorset profile
Appendix M North Dorset profile
Appendix Q Purbeck profile
Appendix R Weymouth & Portland profile

Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drugs Strategy

A landmark strategy to tackle alcohol and drug use across Dorset was launched in June 2016.

The Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drugs Strategy 2016-2020 seeks to improve people’s wellbeing, increase their chances of recovery from substance misuse, and help ensure they are safe.

It brings together agencies involved in dealing with the effects of alcohol and other drugs in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset to recognise people’s use of substances and promote a balanced relationship with alcohol and drugs, while working to improve life for people and communities affected by substance misuse.

All partners have agreed to the following four principles:

  • Build services around the need of the service user, their families and the wider community
  • Focus on areas of demographic and geographic need
  • Work in partnership to make the best use of all resources in our communities
  • Share appropriate information for the benefit of service design and service user support

The work is led by the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drugs Governance Board, which includes partners such as Public Health Dorset, councils, NHS, Dorset Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and treatment services.
Dr David Phillips, director of Public Health Dorset, said:

“Most people in Dorset drink alcohol within recommended guidelines, don’t use illegal substances, and don’t suffer any significant personal harm as a result. But the misuse of alcohol and other drugs continues to cause considerable harm to families and communities across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

“This is about all the people working in the area coming together to agree how we’re going to tackle local issues linked to alcohol and drugs together. Our aim is for people living across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset to have a balanced attitude to alcohol and other drugs, and we have an ambition for sustained recovery, reducing harm to individuals and the wider community.

“The issues people face today are not those of ten or twenty years ago. There are new substances, such as ‘legal highs’, new supply routes, including the internet and ‘head shops’, and new patterns of use and problems associated with more established substances, including problems with heroin and alcohol becoming more common among older people.

“With all agencies represented by the strategy facing financial pressures in the next four years, more will need to be done to work together smarter. This will mean taking a fresh look at problems and potential solutions, and making difficult decisions about priorities for investment.”

Read the Alcohol & Drugs Strategy blog June 2016

Dorset's Suicide Prevention Plan

Suicide Prevention is high on the agenda and a key part of the Mental Health Five Year Forward View and every area across the country is expected to have a Suicide Prevention Plan published by the end of April 2018.

Suicide has a profound effect on families, friends and local communities and across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole an average of 70 people die by suicide and so Dorset CCG and partners are pleased to introduce the Suicide Prevention Plan.

The Suicide Prevention Plan is a high level plan with key themes taken from the National Suicide Strategy. Each organisation signed up to this plan will develop their own Suicide Prevention Plan targeting their areas of influence. Each organisation will then report progress through the Crisis Care Concordat working Group. It will be reported up through the CCG’s Integrated Community Primary Care Service (ICPCS) Board and to the Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Work on this plan will support the national intention to reduce the number of suicides and importantly will reduce the number of deaths by suicide in Dorset. Across Dorset there is strong commitment to delivering this plan and delivering it in partnership. Once published and finalised the partnerships will be strengthened and formalised to ensure that the reach of the plan is as wide as possible.

Further details of this plan are available on the Dorset CCG website. Please note the plan is a working draft that will be finalised by 30 April 2018.

Public Health and Planning

The built and natural environment are key determinants of health and wellbeing. Planning policy, and its implementation, plays a crucial role in shaping these environments and making sure that the places in which we live, work and play are ‘healthy places’.

Planning can positively influence our health and wellbeing in a range of ways including:

  • enabling physical activity through walking and cycling
  • creating neighbourhoods that support social interaction and reduce loneliness
  • providing access to high quality greenspaces for enjoyment, relaxation and contact with nature
  • providing good quality, affordable homes
  • providing access to health food

How does Public Health Dorset work with the planning system?

Public Health Dorset works with local planning authorities to support them to incorporate measures to promote health and wellbeing into planning policy and decision making.

We aren’t a statutory consultee and we can’t engage with every application so we focus on planning issues or applications that are of a scale or type that could impact on population health and wellbeing.

Resources for the Local Planning Authorities

Local Planning Authorities who would like input from Public Health Dorset on a planning matter can contact us at phplanning@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Planning resources for the health professionals