Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Improving the public's health and reducing inequalities
The Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 has a duty to undertake Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The JSNA is a continuous process which provides information on health and well-being in order to inform decision making. The JSNA facilitates the improvement of health and well-being and the reduction of inequalities for the local community. It is used to determine what actions local authorities, the NHS and other partners need to take to meet people's health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on their health and well-being.
The Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board's current priorities apply to all ages and are:
- keeping the population active
- preventing alcohol harm
- maintaining good mental health and well-being
As well as providing updates on these topics the JSNA highlights a number of emerging issues that are a challenge for Worcestershire.
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Joint Health and Well-being Strategy
Worcestershire County Economic Summary
Each month the Research team 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.
Useful Websites and Public Health Evidence
Useful Websites and Public Health Evidence relating to health and well-being.
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 Well-being 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