Analysis of health online

A COMPREHENSIVE assessment of the health and wellbeing of residents has been presented to councillors.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is the blueprint for work to improve health across County Durham and commission services.

The JSNA, which was discussed by members of Durham County Council’s cabinet committee at a recent meeting, offers an analysis of issues including life expectancy, teenage conception rates, educational attainment, child poverty, obesity, alcohol-related harm and adult social care.

It also considers how factors such as deprivation, criminal behaviour and environment impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

Published by Durham County Council and NHS County Durham, the JSNA incorporates the Instant Atlas interactive tool, which allows information to be looked at in greater detail at a local level.

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, the council’s cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “The JSNA is an extremely important document as it is used to inform key strategies and plans for improving the health and wellbeing of the population.

“As well as establishing what the current state of our health is in County Durham it looks at how factors such as deprivation affect the population.

“Linking it into Instant Atlas means this important information is now accessible to everyone but in an understandable format.”

The JSNA will be used to set priorities for the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Instant Atlas can be accessed at