A report on the health and wellbeing needs of people living in South Leamington, Whitnash and Bishops Tachbrook 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 local services, support, and community initiatives consider the diversity of the local population and create inclusive environments and activities.
- Address inequalities in health outcomes, particularly in the Brunswick area.
- Promote positive mental health and wellbeing at all ages and improve support for people facing mental health challenges, particularly during significant life events such as becoming a parent or facing financial difficulties.
- Improve healthy lifestyles including reducing smoking, increasing physical activity and healthy diets to reduce the risk of circulatory diseases, diabetes and obesity.
- Increase opportunities for physical activity including safe walking and cycling routes, use of parks and green spaces.
- Support people living with long-term health conditions.
- Address inequalities in child health outcomes including reducing the attainment gap and levels of income deprivation affecting children.
- Support older people living in poverty and strengthen links between services to ensure older people are living in accommodation which is warm and minimises the risk of harm from falls.
- Improve community safety and cohesion, particularly in town centres where levels of crime including anti-social behaviour and hate crimes are higher than average.
- Ensure people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness get support to access housing and address physical and mental health needs, including substance misuse.
- Identify opportunities to reduce harm from poor air quality in localised areas.
- Develop more opportunities for inclusive and inter-generational community activities and events.
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