Story of borough’s health now online

Published March 16, 2015 at 12:52

New information telling the story of health and wellbeing in Blackburn with Darwen is now available for viewing online.

The Integrated Strategic Needs Assessment (ISNA) reviews the health and wellbeing needs of local residents, business and communities, and details the assets that communities currently have to help them to stay healthy. Wherever possible it identifies future challenges and lists opportunities to improve things.

The production of this information is a statutory duty of Blackburn with Darwen’s Health and Wellbeing Board which is made up of key local health leaders including Councillors, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) members, Council Chief Officers, Healthwatch representatives and delegates from the voluntary and community sectors.  These partners work together on the board to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the borough.

Input from local residents is a key aspect of the ISNA which tries to understand what people and communities think about their own experiences of health and wellbeing in the borough. This information is crucial in planning services that are right for local residents and communities.

The ISNA looks at all areas of Blackburn with Darwen and the factors which impact on health and wellbeing there including income, work, environment and housing; and individual lifestyle behaviours like smoking and alcohol consumption.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care and Chair of Blackburn with Darwen Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

The main goal of the ISNA is to accurately assess the health and wellbeing needs of our local population. Information gathered in it is used to target resources at those in most need and is the cornerstone to the development of the commissioning plans for health and social care services in Blackburn with Darwen.

To view the ISNA visit: http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/Pages/Integrated-strategic-needs-assessment.aspx

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