Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Improving the public's health and reducing inequalities
Local authorities and local health services are required to undertake Joint Strategic Needs Assessments of health and well-being. This work is a continuous process of assessment designed to inform decisions made locally about what services are commissioned. The core aim is to improve the public's health and reduce inequalities.
Findings from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and public consultation are used to produce a Joint Health and Well-being Strategy through Worcestershire's Health and Well-being Board.
Useful Websites and Public Health Evidence
Useful Websites and Public Health Evidence relating to health and wellbeing.
Training for Professionals
JSNA workshops are available free of charge and will be of interest to people working within organisations with an interest in Worcestershire's health and wellbeing and who would like to know more about the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and other selected sources of public health information.
For more information on the workshop please contact HWB Admin by email at HWBadmin@worcestershire.gov.uk.
Worcestershire County Economic Summary
Each month the Research and Marketing Unit produce the Worcestershire County Economic Summary which looks at the latest unemployment figures, economic news and indicators, and unemployment data. Find out more information on the Economic Summary.
Population Statistics and Projections
The Research and Marketing unit holds information on the population of Worcestershire and produces population projections for Worcestershire and the 6 districts. Find out more information on population projections.
The Annual Report is the Director of Public Health's professional statement about the health of the local population based on sound evidence interpreted objectively. The report is a statement of needs, current priorities and action. It assesses continuing progress against objectives and informs local multi-agency work. The report is of interest to both professionals and the public.
Health Impact Assessment in Planning Toolkit
A Health Impact Assessment is an assessment which ensures that the effect of development on both health and health inequalities of the local population are considered and responded to during the planning process.
In March 2015, the Worcestershire Health Improvement Group, a sub-group of the Health and Wellbeing Board, adopted the development of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) as a tool for use in influencing the planning process across Worcestershire. Since then, the Public Health team is supporting Worcestershire County Council (WCC) to enable Local Planning Authorities to take this approach forward through policy and delivery routes.
A Health Impact Assessment in Planning Toolkit has been developed to enable planners to embed health impact considerations in their practice.
The Toolkit aims to aid the preparation of HIAs in planning related projects, including the development of planning policy and planning applications. It provides guidance on the HIA process and demonstrates how it can be used. It also helps to identify aspects of the built environment which impact the health of Worcestershire's residents.
- Health Impact Assessment in Planning Toolkit
- Health Impact Assessment Checklist for Planning Applications