NORTH NORFOLK HEALTH STRATEGY
The Council has a vital role in influencing the health of the local community and in reducing health inequalities.
Having good health is more than just not being ill. The fact that people’s physical, mental and social health, wellbeing and life expectancy can be significantly affected and reduced by factors such as access to and the quality of health care, education, work and the environment, leisure opportunities, housing and the community in which they live is both unfair and unacceptable.
NNDC has recently published a Health Strategy (237 Kb) which clearly identifies what it can do strategically to improve health outcomes. Many Council functions impact on health but there are certain areas where it can have a greater health improvement role and both influence health outcomes and reduce health inequalities, such as in housing, leisure and cultural services, environmental health, supporting communities, planning, benefit provision and as a large employer.
Key priorities within the strategy include:
- Localism of health delivery – this will offer increased opportunities for organisations at a local level to work together to improve and achieve health outcomes
- Prevention of ill health and promotion of healthy lifestyles
- Maintaining activity, independence and support for older people
As well as ongoing economic restraints there are proposed legislative changes in health service delivery. NNDC’s Health Strategy will ensure that the Council is able to use its resources effectively and flexibility to respond to the new duties, requirements and opportunities and to target its services proactively to improve physical, mental, economic and social health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities.
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NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT HEALTH PICTURE
A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for Norfolk was published in 2008. The JSNA provided information and a general overview of the health and wellbeing of people living in Norfolk. It looked at things like how many people live in the County and their age and gender. It identified the kinds of health care services people already use and services they might need in the future. The information contained in the JSNA is used to help identify health and social care priorities and plan well for the future.
Due to Norfolk being a large and diverse County local summaries of the JSNA at District Council area level are being produced. These summaries are known as District Health Pictures and provide an overview of the current and future health and wellbeing needs of North Norfolk.
The information in the North Norfolk Health Picture will be used by the Council to help direct and shape services. This will ensure resources are used effectively and efficiently to meet the priorities identified by the Council in the recently published North Norfolk Health Strategy.
For further information about the JSNA visit Norfolk Insight website at http://www.norfolkinsight.org.uk/jsna
If you want to find out more about health-related Council services contact Sonia Shuter 01263 516173 or email
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