A report on the health and wellbeing needs of people living in Alcester, Henley and Studley has been published online following the completion of the first phase of a countywide project.
Following extensive engagement with local residents, organisations and community groups, Warwickshire County Council has published a set of profiles showing the unique health and wellbeing needs of different areas throughout the county.
The data can be used by the third sector, local authorities, social care providers, health services and communities themselves to tailor local activities or support available in Warwickshire. This will enable support and services are being delivered where they are needed most and for communities to be empowered to influence change.
These profiles were created as part of the ongoing Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). Historically the JSNA looked at this data on a county level, but this new approach analyses needs and strengths at community level.
The data and local consultation have highlighted the following priorities:
- Ensure services plan for the growth in population aged 65 and over.
- Promote healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, diet and safe alcohol consumption to reduce risk factors for long-term diseases.
- Increase opportunities for social connections across all age groups, particularly for those with limited access to transport or a lack of community venues.
- Identify opportunities to improve cancer care in the community.
- Increase proactive identification of hypertension and diabetes and empower patients to self-manage their conditions with appropriate action.
- Support people caring for friends or relatives, including children and young people who have caring responsibilities for parents, and adults caring for older people with dementia or cognitive impairment.
- Work with partners in health, schools and community settings to improve mental health among children and young people.
- Investigate opportunities to reduce harm from air pollution in identified areas with poorer air quality.
- Collaborate with Food Banks and Citizens Advice Bureau staff to identify opportunities to address poverty locally.
- Increase opportunities for physical activity with safe walking and cycling routes, use of parks and green spaces and community-based activities, including provision that will appeal to young people, men and older people.
- Improve road safety particularly around the Sambourne area.
Some themes have been identified across the county, including:
- Access to transport, in particular for those in rural areas
- Housing and homelessness
- Communications and information sharing
- Single Point of Access (SPA) to improve the accessibility of support
- Promotion of volunteering opportunities to build a stronger community
- Mental health services
- Support for young people and children
Cllr Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, said: “The JSNA is a vital link between councils, the NHS, charities, community groups, schools, emergency services and individual residents who want to help local services be the best they can be. I am pleased to see the recommendations that have been made and am looking forward to seeing them made a reality.
“I want to thank everybody who has contributed to this first wave of reports and encourage communities to look through our recommendations and actions so they can see what we have planned for each of the areas we have been looking at.”
To read the full, detailed assessments, profiles and accompanying recommendations, go to http://hwb.warwickshire.gov.uk/jsna-place-based-approach/
The second wave of assessments are now underway in the following areas:
- Bedworth West
- Bedworth Central and Bulkington
- Bilton and Rugby Town Centre
- Cubbington, Lillington and Warwick District East
To contribute to the JSNA project you can participate in the survey to let Warwickshire County Council know about the health and wellbeing needs of your area, go to bit.ly/JSNAResidents