Understanding Health & Wellbeing in Wakefield
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an on-going process that will identify the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population. This will inform commissioning priorities that will help to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities across the District.
The JSNA baseline report was published in 2008. This report showed some of the key health and wellbeing issues present in the current population, and what the implications of these might be in terms of service planning.
Since the original JSNA was produced a number of updates have been developed – including a specific Children and Young People’s JSNA. These reports are available online.
In the 2008 JSNA we spoke about the district suffering from inequalities in health. These inequalities were present between sexes, people with different cultural backgrounds and geographically across the district. Health Equity Audits have been produced in 2009 and 2010 to help to describe the various inequalities that are present.
The JSNA should not be seen as a “one off” document. It is now a distillation of the detailed reports – produced across the LSB – which can be referenced together as a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. Our summary report is to give a flavour of the findings and the journey we have made so far within the district.
All research and evidence referenced within this report can be found by following the appropriate hyperlink. This method of working will not only reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, but increase readership and dissemination of locally, regionally and nationally-produced literature.
An Update for 2011/12
This update is the first of an on-going process to ensure that the latest evidence of health and wellbeing need is shared widely with people who are involved in the commissioning or provision of services in Wakefield. This report reviews the data presented in 2008, provides an update on activity and changes to that data, and identifies where (if any) there are any new priorities for the district to consider.
In addition, a review of the data relating to vulnerable people has been carried out building on the recommendations of the Annual Public health Report 2011. This pulls together all the information we have relating to the additional challenges that are faced by residents within the district who are “vulnerable”.
Evidence teaches us that people who are “vulnerable” due to discrimination, disability, mental health problems, etc. are more likely to suffer from existing inequalities. For example a higher percentage of people with learning difficulties will be obese than the general population. The factors that make some people more vulnerable to worse health and wellbeing are the same factors that make them at higher risk of other adverse social outcomes e.g. victims of antisocial behaviour, hate crime or domestic violence.
Director of Public Health