Latest facts and figures about Barnsley’s health and wellbeing made available online

Barnsley Council Cabinet members are set to approve Barnsley’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the evidence that has been used to develop it at their next meeting on Wednesday, 16 October.

It’s a statutory document published every three years by the Health and Wellbeing Board and includes facts and figures about the health of the borough. It is used to inform the work of local authority and health partners, helping them to make decisions and to develop the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Already approved at this week’s Health and Wellbeing Board meeting, the JSNA information is online at  which means that unlike previous years, it’s not just a static product and can be updated on an ongoing basis.

The JSNA has been developed around the Barnsley Integrated Care Outcomes Framework.  This framework has been developed by partners as a tool to assess improvements in population health, health inequalities and service integration.

The narrative and data is presented in a number of topic based profiles explaining why the issue is important, the Barnsley picture and how the borough compares, what the council and partners are doing, the assets or services and links to resources and supporting documents.

Alongside this, a summary of the intelligence has been created to establish key facts about people’s health and wellbeing in Barnsley.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “The JSNA helps everyone working with the residents of Barnsley to make the most of limited resources by targeting people who are most in need of help. In doing this we can make meaningful improvements in the health and wellbeing of communities by working together with our health partners.

“The main audience is health and social care commissioners and service providers who use it to plan services. It can also be used as a resource for preparing bids and business cases by all sectors including voluntary and community groups.”

The JSNA will continually be updated on the Barnsley Council website, which has all the up to date information accessible in one place.

The Cabinet papers can be viewed online here.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

We’re committed to #ImagineIt by working to make Barnsley a place where people love to live and work, and where they can see a brighter future for themselves and their families.

#OwnIt by finding out how we’re reaching our goals and how we plan to make further improvements to the health and wellbeing of Barnsley residents by viewing the JSNA reports.

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