Isle of Wight Council

Public Health - Living Well

Public Health

Public health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988)

Our Public Health Team aim to improve the overall health of the people on the Island. The team works collaboratively with a range of local services to assess and address the health needs and inequalities in the city, promote healthy living and develop strategies for health improvement. Public health focuses on the entire spectrum of health and wellbeing with activity targeted at either population level, through the likes of health campaign or through the provision of personal services to an individual, such as vaccinations or health and behavioural advice through the Wellbeing Service.

To explain more please watch the 'What is Public health' video.

The most recent Isle of Wight Public Health Annual report.

The most recent Isle of Wight Public Health Strategy.


Services we provide or commission:

  • NHS health checks & older people

  • Healthy lifestyles services

  • Sexual health & health protection

  • Mental health & substance misuse

  • Sexual Health

  • Partnership for Education, Attainment and Children's Health (PEACH), school nurses and health visitors

Emergency Management

Emergency management is a means of assessing the threats and risks to the Island and putting plans in place to respond to an incident and assist in the recovery as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act (2004). Find out more about our emergency management and also the government guidance on preparation and planning for emergencies.

Data analysis

The production of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) aims to bring together key data and information in a way which is accessible to local commissioners, local communities and other stakeholders. It identifies the health and well-being needs of the local population and helps to improve the targeting of services which aim to reduce health inequalities that exist between different localities, groups and communities of the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Assessing the need for pharmaceutical services across the Isle of Wight

Since April 2013 every Health and Wellbeing Board in England has a legal responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services of the population in its area, referred to as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). The PNA looks at the existing provision of community pharmacy services across the Isle of Wight and whether this meets the current and future needs of the population. It can be used to make decisions in the commissioning of NHS-funded Pharmaceutical Services.

The statutory consultation process for the Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, which took place during Autumn/Winter 2021/22, has now been completed and the final report approved by the Health & Wellbeing Board.

Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022-25

Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022-25 - Supplement 1

Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022-25 - Consultation Headline Findings

Details of pharmacy services on the Isle of Wight

NHS Choices provides details of your local pharmacy, opening hours and services.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment - Supplementary Statements

Since 5th December 2016, the Health and Wellbeing Board has a statutory duty to make a representation to NHSE on consolidation applications of community pharmacies in its area (i.e., where pharmacy businesses on two or more sites propose to consolidate to a single existing site). The Health and Wellbeing Board must respond within 45 days. NHS England collate all responses from interested parties and then makes the final decision on the consolidation application.

This summary spreadsheet presents the consolidation applications, closures, and changes on the Isle of Wight since the publication of the latest PNA.

Isle of Wight Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Health & Wellbeing Board supplementary statements 2022-23

Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a statutory body created to oversee and drive forward health and wellbeing priorities of the Island. The board includes a number of partners including councillors and council officers. View the current Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the Isle of Wight (2018-2021)

Keep the Island safe

Visit our dedicated COVID-19 web pages