Public health information for professionals

Guidance for professionals working in public health.

1 Health promotion resources

We aim to support the work of health promoters across West Sussex by providing resources such as teaching packs, DVDs, games, models and displays, as well as leaflets and posters on health promotion topics. We can also provide advice and guidance on appropriate materials and signpost to sources of information for national and local campaigns and local services.

Our materials are suitable for use by professionals working with a wide range of client groups, from antenatal, through pre-school and school years, to adults of all ages and people with special needs.

Anyone involved in promoting health who lives or works in West Sussex can use our resources, including:

  • health professionals
  • teachers
  • students on health professional qualification courses
  • children and family centre workers
  • volunteers with health promotion as part of their role
  • youth workers.

Subjects covered

Our resources cover a broad range of health promotion issues. Use the documents below to search for available resources.

How to order

Use the online forms below to order resources.

2 Patient Group Directions

Patient Group Directions (PGDs) are written instructions for the supply or administration of medicines to groups of patients who may not be individually identified before treatment.

PGDs must only be used by specified, registered health professionals. The current West Sussex County Council PGDs are for use by accredited community pharmacists only.

West Sussex County Council PGDs

Additional information

Contact details

3 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

Since 1 April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has had a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services of the population in its area. This is referred to as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

The PNA:

  • looks at the current provision of pharmaceutical services across West Sussex
  • decides whether this meets the current and future needs of the population
  • identifies any potential gaps to service delivery. 

The PNA is a key document which is used by:

  • NHS England to inform decisions about applications for new, or changes to existing, pharmaceutical service and the commissioning of NHS-funded services that can be provided by local community pharmacies
  • local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups when commissioning services to meet local health needs and priorities.

Future PNAs and supplementary statements

The NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 require the HWB to issue a revised assessment within three years of its previous PNA publication, or where significant changes to the need for pharmaceutical services are identified.

Where changes are not considered to be significant, the HWB is responsible for publishing a supplementary statement explaining any changes to the pharmaceutical service provision.

You can find West Sussex's PNA for 2018 attached below.

Supporting documents

4 Public health provider resources

The County Council's Public Health Directorate commission general practices and community pharmacies to deliver NHS health check and smoking cessation services.

Summer forum June 2018

This year the Public Health Smoking Cessation & Health Check Provider Forum focussed on show-casing some of the lifestyle support services available in West Sussex.

The supporting documents below detail the contents of the day.

Supporting information

Last updated:
11 December 2018

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