Atherstone Place-Based Needs Assessment

The purpose of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is to analyse the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population to inform the commissioning of health, wellbeing and social care services. The JSNA aims to establish a shared, evidence based consensus on the key local priorities across health and social care and is used to inform Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Commissioning Plans for the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Transformation Plans for the local Health Economy.

Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board recently endorsed a new ‘place-based’ approach to the delivery of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The next programme of work focuses on understanding need on a geographical basis. These geographies have recently been agreed by the JSNA Strategic Group and will give all health, wellbeing and social care stakeholders a consistent evidence base upon which to base commissioning decisions.

Work is now underway to produce a set of profiles that will provide a statistical overview for these geographical areas. This will then be followed by the production of detailed needs assessments for each area, enabling Health and Wellbeing partners to commission the most appropriate services for each locality.

The work in Atherstone and Mancetter was already underway when this approach was agreed but it represents the first of the new place-based needs assessments. An engagement event for stakeholders interested in understanding and contributing to tackling the health and wellbeing needs of people living in and around the Atherstone area in North Warwickshire Borough, took place on Thursday 29 June.

A draft of the Atherstone Needs Assessment and a summary of key findings has been produced and was shared with key local stakeholders in the area last week. At the event they discussed the findings of the JSNA draft report, added in local intelligence including what works well in the area, and made recommendations to tackle the issues going forward.

Over 40 stakeholders from across the public, private and voluntary sector attended along with local councillors and businesses. Presentations on the key messages were shared with the delegates. This was followed with workshops, facilitated by local service leads, giving opportunities for more detailed discussions to discuss gaps in the information, local assets and specific issues arising from the intelligence including:

· Older people and dementia
· Young People
· Access to Services
· Environmental issues.

Councillor Margaret Bell was very pleased at the level of participation at the Atherstone needs assessment stakeholder event.

“This is just the beginning of a conversation with the public and planners/commissioners across Atherstone to describe the health, social care and wellbeing needs of our people. By understanding the need for health and social care in Atherstone we can make the most of our resources. We now have a great opportunity to share what we know, and target help and projects for those in greatest need”

A revised full report with recommendations will be shared with stakeholders during the summer.