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Data resource published to assess and guide health and care in Richmond upon Thames

27 January 2022

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) brings together data and evidence to assess the health, care and wellbeing needs of residents in Richmond upon Thames to make it easier to plan for the provision of services that will address current and future health needs, while reducing inequalities.

Publishing the JSNA is one of the duties of the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, from work carried out by Richmond Council’s Public Health team. 

The information in the JSNA will guide partners in the health and care system in Richmond upon Thames to make decisions regarding spending, planning, and commissioning, all with the overarching aim of improving residents’ health and address health inequalities. The JSNA is split into different sub-headings to provide an overview of health and wellbeing across the life course of borough residents.

The subheadings are:

  • 'People' which describes the borough’s population structure including its demography and how the population is changing
  • 'Start well' which covers the borough’s under 18 population, including prenatal and postnatal health and the emotional and mental health needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • 'Live well' discusses healthy lifestyle and behaviours, as well as the prevalence and needs of people living with long term health conditions in the borough
  • 'Age well' provides a high-level summary on the older population in Richmond upon Thames, and the factors affecting their health, wellbeing, and social care needs
  • 'Place' discusses how our environment can affect our health and wellbeing, for example climate change, community safety and modes of travel
  • 'Community voice' provides the views of the community on their health and social care needs
  • 'Vulnerable groups' looks at vulnerable people in our community, and the factors that affect health and wellbeing of specific groups, including carers and people with learning disabilities 

The data in the JSNA is from 2014-2019 and generally predates the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a baseline that will help to measure the local effects of COVID-19 on health, care, and wellbeing outcomes for residents. 

View the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) 

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead member for Adult Social Care and Health and Chair of the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, said: 

“This is a tremendous piece of work that will help guide and inform our decision making when it comes to improving health for everyone in Richmond upon Thames. 

“It is fundamental that we provide quality health, care and wellbeing services to our residents so that everyone has the best opportunity to start well, live well and age well.”  

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Updated: 27 January 2022

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