As part of the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, unitary and upper tier local authorities such as Hampshire County Council have a new duty to improve health and co-ordinate efforts to protect the public’s health and wellbeing.
These new responsibilities will allow the County Council to use its in depth local knowledge and experience to improve services and outcomes for Hampshire residents. They fit well with many of its other responsibilities such as social care, schooling, and economic development All of these influence the health and wellbeing of local people.
As well as being responsible for determining the health and wellbeing priorities for Hampshire through the Health and Wellbeing Board which includes GPs and other partners, the Council will also be responsible for delivering specific public health services for the county with leadership by the Director of Public Health and their specialist team. There is a small number of services that must be delivered county-wide, including sexual health services, NHS Health Checks and the National Child Measurement Programme, public health advice to NHS Commissioners and health protection.
The County Council will decide which other services to buy for the county based on the needs of the local population. These other services may vary across the county.
Responsibility for the following services transfered from the NHS to the County Council on 1 April 2013.
In addition to the Director of Public Health, whose post has been joint between the NHS and the County Council for some years, a small team of specialist public health staff transfered from the PCT to the local authority to lead delivery of these new responsibilities from April 2013.