Under the Health and Social Act 2012, local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have an equal and joint duty to prepare a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWBS). This duty is delivered through the Health and Wellbeing Board. Health and Wellbeing Boards must involve the community and key partners in developing the JSNA and JHWBS.
Our local Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
The Rochdale Borough JSNA is a process to identify the current and predicted health and wellbeing needs of our local population, from pre-birth to old age. It brings together a range of information about the main factors which affect our health outcomes, for example, lifestyles, service provision, housing, employment, education and the environment. It has also been informed by a range of other needs assessments and analyses. A web based JSNA tool is being developed to enable stakeholders to view all the information used to inform our JSNA. We will include a link to the web based tool as soon as it is available.
A summary of findings for 2011/12 has been produced. This report is part of an ongoing process to develop shared priorities for health and social care in Rochdale Borough and will be refreshed every year, with a major refresh every three years.
Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012 - 2015 sets out the Health and Wellbeing Board's agreed priorities for joint action to meet the needs identified in the JSNA. The priorities identified by the Health and Wellbeing Board for 2012-15 are:
- Healthier lifestyles
- Best start for children and young people
- Prevention and early intervention
- Reducing health inequalities.
A number of strategic intentions have been agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board as focused joint areas of work to deliver against these priorities:
- Joint commissioning and integrated working
- Prevention, early intervention, managing well and increasing demand for preventative services
- Supporting healthier lifestyles and wellbeing – making healthier choices easier through healthy places, healthy people and healthy policies
- Strengthening our focus on health inequalities – an integrated programme to reduce health inequalities
- Improving outcomes for our children and young people.
The Health and Wellbeing Board will review the delivery of action plans and monitor performance against key outcomes to ensure that real progress is being made to deliver the strategy.