Foreword

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.

A new look for 2017/18

This website contains the existing Wakefield district Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) content in a more user-friendly format. The data have been updated where necessary and will be further refreshed as new information becomes available. The needs of the Wakefield district population have been communicated widely and informed commissioning decisions since the creation of the original JSNA document in 2008.

The inequalities spoken of in 2008 still exist today. In general the health gap between rich and poor had been a closing up until 2010/2011. Since this time the gap has been growing for many areas of health and wellbeing.

This new JSNA takes into account the new arrangements for health and social care. To have real impact on people’s health and wellbeing it is clear that interventions need to be broad and begin earlier. Education, income, housing and employment are just some of the issues that will profoundly affect an individual’s health and wellbeing.

The purpose of the JSNA is to provide anyone who needs it with the data to inform decisions being made to improve health and wellbeing. Any feedback is always welcome.


Dr Andrew Furber
Director of Public Health

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