Suicide prevention strategy
A new strategy to reduce the number of suicides in Blackburn with Darwen has been launched.
The partnership strategy is the culmination of several years of sustained work between Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn with Darwen Health and Wellbeing Board and partners to prioritise mental health and wellbeing.
You can download the strategy here.
Blackburn with Darwen has a history of successful partnership and integrated working to improve health and wellbeing.
The Health and Wellbeing Board is made up of Councillors, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) members, Council Chief Officers, Healthwatch representatives along with delegates from the voluntary and community sector. The Board became a statutory group in April 2013.
Blackburn with Darwen CCG
Blackburn with Darwen Healthwatch
Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen helps to improve health and care services in the borough. It is an independent voice that holds local health and social care services to account on behalf of residents.
Age well partnership
Who we are
The Board has a duty to oversee and ensure the delivery of local health outcomes and drive service integration across the NHS, local government and non-NHS sectors and to ensure continued integration of all public services to achieve this.
Full details of all Health and Well being Board members are available on CMIS.
- Leader of the Council – Councillor Mohammed Khan
- Executive Member for Adult Social Care – Councillor Mustafa Desai
- Executive Member for Children's Services – Councillor Maureen Bateson
- Leader of the Opposition – Councillor Michael Lee
- Director of Adult Services – Steven Tingle
- Director of Children's Services – Linda Clegg
- Director of Public Health – Dominic Harrison
- A representative of NHS England – Graham Urwin
- A representative of Healthwatch – Sir Bill Taylor
- A representative of East Lancashire Hospital Trust – Kevin McGee
- A representative of Lancashire Care Foundation Trust – Max Marshall
- Two representatives of the Clinical Commissioning Group – Dr Penny Morris and Graham Burgess
- Two representatives of the Voluntary sector – Vicky Shepherd (Age UK) and Angela Allen (Families, Health and Wellbeing Consortia)
- Two representatives of the Community (Lay Members) – Mr Joe Slater and Mr Arshad Rafiq
Non voting members
- Chief Executive, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – Harry Catherall
- Executive Director People, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – Sally McIvor
- Clinical Chief Officer, Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group – Dr Chris Clayton
- Chair of the Blackburn with Darwen Live Well Board – Sayyed Osman, Director Housing; Localities and Prevention, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
What we do
The aims of the Board are:
- to provide local accountability for improved health and wellbeing and health equity outcomes for the communities of Blackburn with Darwen
- to promote integration and partnership working between the NHS, social care, public health and other local services
- to improve local democratic accountability
In order to try to understand the needs the Board undertakes consultation on an ongoing basis through Integrated Strategic Needs Assessments (ISNA). Overall, it's about how the population of the Borough is made up, what do we know about how healthy it is and the assets people and communities have to help them to stay healthy. We see the ISNA as the story of Blackburn with Darwen looking at what has happened in the past, what is happening now and our best understanding of what is likely to happen in the future. The story identifies the big challenges for the next five to ten year for the Borough and the big opportunities to improve the place for residents, business and communities.
The ISNA comprises a number of linked downloadable documents (all PDF)
The first Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Blackburn with Darwen was published in 2012 and set out an overarching plan through which the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, as well as residents, would work together to improve health and wellbeing for and with the local people. The Strategy informs and influences commissioning decisions across local services including those services beyond health and care to make a real impact upon the wider determinants of health.
View the Strategy
The Board meets quarterly in public, with the opportunity for residents to bring questions and petitions to meetings.
Information and meeting dates
Pharmacy Needs Assessment
The Pharmacy Needs Assessment (PNA) describes the current provision of community pharmacy services across Blackburn with Darwen.
It describes the needs of the local population and enables health professionals to commission pharmaceutical services that are based on local priorities.
You can view the 2015 Pharmacy Needs Assessment here.