Somerset County Council – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The new JSNA for Somerset has been published on the Somerset Intelligence website: www.somersetintelligence.org.uk/jsna

This year’s focus is on the need to use and share information in a unified way across Somerset, so we are better able to understand and meet the needs of Somerset people.

Joining up information about people and places is an essential part of integrating services so that they can be properly focussed towards an individual’s needs.  It happens already between organisations in Somerset, but sometimes not as a matter of routine or in a timely way to help the care people receive.

The Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board has recognised that some other areas of the country do much better at sharing information, so to push for more local action, it has chosen to focus on this issue for the 2019 JSNA.  It’s certainly a very welcome step toward a Somerset system that will join up relevant and necessary information held by organisations such as social care, health and the voluntary sector and to the ultimate benefit of the whole population of Somerset.

An important aspect of this work is an Information Governance Panel which is being established by Somerset’s Health and Wellbeing Board to ensure access to information is appropriate, safeguarded and monitored.

I hope you find the JSNA of interest and we always welcome any comments or feedback you may have.

Best wishes

Trudi Grant, MSc PH, UKPHR, FFPH

Director of Public Health

Somerset County Council