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Integrated Needs Assessment

We have developed an Integrated Needs Assessment (INA) for County Durham which is supported by our Durham Insight website: Durham Insight Community Mapping Tool.  This website brings together the evidence base and a wide range of strategic assessments used to inform strategic planning across the council and by the county's thematic partnerships. The site provides links to data, analysis, external frameworks, local profiles, strategies and plans relevant to life in County Durham.

The Integrated Needs Assessment (INA) holds up to date information on health and wellbeing in our county, as well wider demographic, economic, community safety and environmental data. It is made up of data reports/maps for various geographies within the county, downloadable documents (PDFs), story maps and links to other websites.

This includes:

  • Local health, County Durham and profile information for various areas within the county,
  • Information about the county's population, poverty and deprivation (including the Index of Deprivation and supporting maps, and population estimates),
  • Information about the county's health, social care and wellbeing,
  • Information about the county's unemployment, on the County Durham Partnership: INA - economy, housing and transport page,
  • Links to local asset information to help residents and community groups find information and support in thier area.

As part of the INA the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) can be found within the Health and Social Care theme of the website. This data provides a detailed overview of the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the people of County Durham. 

In addition to fulfilling our statutory obligations for needs analysis we are also committed to presenting a more joined-up evidence base supporting commissioning and policy development across all thematic partnerships of the CDP.  

Overall, an INA helps us to look at what has happened in the past, what is happening now and improves our understanding of what is likely to happen in the future. It is also about understanding what residents and people who use services think about the county and the services which help to promote health.

Further information will be added as and when it becomes available. As we continue to develop the INA over the next few years, we will be seeking views on the structure, factsheets (both content and format) and geographical level of data to ensure that we have a comprehensive range of data to meet the planning and commissioning needs of the council and its partners. 

If you have any queries or need further information, please get in touch with us using the details on our .