Results of JSNA survey highlight North Warwickshire’s health priorities

Two reports on the health and wellbeing needs of people living in North Warwickshire have 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 information in the profiles 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 the Borough and across Warwickshire. This will mean that support and services can be targeted to  where they are needed the most.

These profiles were created as part of the ongoing Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). Historically, the JSNA looked at this information  for the whole of Warwickshire. This new approach analyses needs and strengths of communities at a much more local level.

Recommendations for specific improvements in North Warwickshire have also been published, and include feedback from residents collected at engagement events and a countywide residents’ survey.

The data and local engagement have highlighted a number of priority areas, including:

  • The needs of older people in North Warwickshire, including access to services and transport. Dementia diagnosis and services for dementia were also flagged as requiring improvement, and loneliness and social isolation were highlighted as a growing concern.
  • Challenges around affordable housing, particularly for young people, and access to suitable housing for the elderly population.
  • Limited health and wellbeing services for young people, particularly mental health services, and improved communication methods used to engage young people.
  • Support for carers including young carers
  • Limited health services and poor access to available health services, particularly for those in rural areas

Some themes have been identified across the county and include:

  • 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 across Warwickshire in the following areas:

  • Bedworth West
  • Bedworth Central and Bulkington
  • Bilton and Rugby Town Centre
  • Hillmorton
  • Cubbington, Lillington and Warwick District East
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

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