Key Health and Wellbeing Needs and Priorities
(taken from the
JSNA work in 2012/13 has added to the summary of health and wellbeing needs in Cambridgeshire, which was used to support development of the Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
1 To focus on ensuring a positive start to life for children, given the growing evidence of the impact this will have throughout their lives. Work in a targeted way with more vulnerable families to:
promote parental mental and physical health
support good parenting skills
develop social and emotional skills
prevent violence and abuse
2 To plan now for the significant forecast growth in the number of older people in Cambridgeshire over the next 20 years by prioritising
Prevention of ill health and promotion of good health amongst older people.
Reconfiguration of services to support older people to live in a community setting as long as possible, avoid admission to hospital/care homes, and return to a community setting after discharge from hospital.
The evidence base as to what works in preventive services and admission avoidance to hospital or care homes for older people is still developing, so it is essential to evaluate initiatives and measure how well they are working.
3 To recognise the major impact of common lifestyle behaviours which often start in childhood and continue throughout life – eg smoking, physical activity levels, healthy eating and alcohol use – on the development of long term health problems; and to encourage communities to support lifestyle change.
4 To promote individual and community resilience and mental health, including promotion of social networks/self management support and community engagement. To be aware of current social and health inequalities and trends in Cambridgeshire, and monitor the potential impacts of unemployment, poor educational attainment, housing benefit/ universal credit changes, fuel poverty, debt and other social issues on local people’s health and wellbeing.
5 To consider the needs and outcomes for particularly vulnerable or marginalised populations in Cambridgeshire – including Gypsies and Travellers, homeless people, migrant workers, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical/sensory impairments, when developing or changing services.
Following the release of these latest reports, there will need to be an exercise to review the findings of the JSNA against the Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy Action Plan. We will need to prioritise the greatest needs and recognise that we cannot try to take action on everything at once.
The recent JSNA work for both older people and people with disabilities has identified that there is a requirement to further assess the needs of carers and how their caring role impacts on their own health and wellbeing, and how a multi-agency approach can be developed to best support them. Carers have been identified as a specific client group for whom a JSNA would be useful to further investigate their needs.
Priorities/Needs of the 2013 JSNA reports