RESIDENTS are being asked to share their views online to help shape public health services.
National changes by the government mean councils will have more responsibility for public health services in the future, and will work with local people, GPs and other partners to ensure there is provision to meet local needs.
North Tyneside Council is working with partners in the North of Tyne Primary Care Trust, NHS, community, voluntary and private sectors to prepare for the new responsibilities.
A Health and Wellbeing Board is in place, which is responsible for addressing health inequalities across the borough and supporting local people to live healthier, longer independent lives.
The board has been asked to develop a Health and Wellbeing Strategy by April 2013, including an agreed set of priorities, actions and outcomes to guide its work over the next ten years.
Consultation on the strategy will be carried out over the next few groups, with interested parties asked for their views.
An online questionnaire available to the public is at www.northtyneside.gov.uk under Public Health.