A report on the health and wellbeing needs of people living in central Nuneaton 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 to be 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.
Recommendations for specific improvements in Nuneaton Central have also been published, incorporating feedback gathered from residents at engagement events and a county wide survey.
The data and local consultation have highlighted a number of priorities for Nuneaton Central including:
- Address long standing deprivation, including home ownership and poverty.
- Improve overall health and wellbeing particularly around long term health conditions. Health outcomes in the area were amongst the poorest in the county, significantly below the Warwickshire rate and many below the England average.
- Increase opportunities for young people, including improving access to employment, addressing the gap in IT skills locally and offering employability skills opportunities to bridge skill gaps.
- Improve access to mental health services and increasing support for carers including older carers.
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
- 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 to 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 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