This year’s update of the latest health and wellbeing data for Worcestershire has been published as a user-friendly presentation on Worcestershire County Council’s website.
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is produced every year and provides a picture of the current and future health and social care needs in the county.
This information is used by health colleagues from the local Integrate Care System (ICB), NHS England and within the Local Authority to help plan for and commission services. The aim is to identify needs and enable the improvement of health and wellbeing and the reduction of health inequalities.
- Good news: A rise in bowel screening uptake, a drop in pregnant women smoking, an increase in young people’s physical activity, successful work in trading standards and Worcestershire performing well in public health indicators – 90% are similar or better than England.
- Areas of concern and health inequalities: This includes ongoing mental health pressures for children and young people, cardiovascular disease mortality, and the cost of living and fuel poverty.
- Opportunities to improve health and wellbeing: This includes highlighting health inequalities and deprived populations and leveraging new ways of working (for example, specifically targeting ‘Your Health Your Wellbeing’ service, and Healthy Worcestershire).
- Information on public health outcomes for each of the 6 districts in Worcestershire.
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