The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) considers a wide range of factors that affect the health and wellbeing of the people of Warrington. The objective of the JSNA is to involve partner organisations, such as the local NHS, local authorities, police, fire service and third sector organisations in order to provide a top level, holistic view of current and future need within the borough. The JSNA is used to agree key priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of all our communities, at the same time as reducing health inequalities.

Findings from the 2011/12 JSNA were used to inform the Warrington Wellbeing Strategy which was produced by the shadow Health and Wellbeing Board, and the Local Strategic Partnership.

The JSNA programme since 2013/14 has consisted of a rolling programme of in-depth needs assessments, alongside a programme of work aimed at keeping the existing intelligence up to date. Wherever possible, in-depth work is undertaken in parallel with strategic planning, and the development of commissioning strategies. An annual process is built into the on-going programme, where findings from work undertaken during the year are summarised and work for the coming year is prioritised and work programme developed. You can view the annual summary documents:

The Warrington JSNA is divided up into five 'domains':

  • Demography, socio-economic and environmental
  • Health-related behaviour and risk factors
  • The burden of ill health
  • Children and young people
  • Vulnerable adults and older people

In addition, the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) provides an assessment of pharmacy services across Warrington, and the GP Cluster Profiles provide information on the 7 clusters of GP practices across Warrington

Demography, socio-economic and environmental

These chapters provide information on population trends, poverty, deprivation and environmental factors:

Health-related behaviour and risk factors

These chapters provide information on individual health and lifestyle such as physical activity, smoking, substance misuse, diet and obesity:

The burden of ill health

These chapters provide information on the health outcomes and assessments of the burden of ill-health in the local population and information on the use of services: 

For more up to date information on sexual health in Warrington see Public Health England (PHE) Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles

Children and Young People (CYP)

These chapters provide information on prenatal and infant health, lifestyle and risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and obesity, and information on specific population groups such as children in care and young offenders:

Vulnerable adults and older people

Warrington collaborated with other areas in Cheshire and Merseyside to look at the health needs of people with learning disabilities. These reports can be accessed via:

These chapters provide information on the health and well-being of older people and vulnerable groups, including levels of need, and services which provide support and care:

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

The PNA is a statutory document which describes the provision of services by pharmacies in Warrington and the potential need for those services. A supplementary statement is issued when there is any change, such as a new pharmacy opening, an existing pharmacy closing or a change of address. The current PNA covers the period 2018-2021.