A report on the health and wellbeing needs of people living in the north of Rugby 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 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.
Recommendations for specific improvements in Rugby North have also been published, incorporating feedback gathered from residents at engagement events and a county wide survey.
The data and local consultation have highlighted the following priorities
- A key focus was on rapid population growth through housing, migration and higher birth rates in the area and the extra pressure on local services; to address this it has been recommended that provision of services such as out of hours GP services is increased.
- Improve transport and access to services – work is already underway to review transport services.
- Address young people’s mental health and improve access to mental health services.
- Ensure support is available in a range of ways, for example online as well as face to face.
- Concerns were raised about the rollout of universal credit and how it will impact upon individuals and families.
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 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