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Vision and Priorities

Integrated Needs Assessment (INA) 

We are developing an Integrated Needs Assessment  (INA) for County Durham to bring together the evidence base and a wide range of strategic assessments used to inform strategic planning by the county's thematic partnerships. The INA will provide links to data, analysis, external frameworks, local profiles, strategies and plans relevant to life in County Durham.  

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) can be found within the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing area of the INA. 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.

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS)

The County Durham Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy aims to 'Improve the health and wellbeing of the people of County Durham and reduce health inequalities'.

To achieve this vision, six Strategic Objectives have been agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board, along with 19 strategic outcomes.

The six Strategic Objectives are as follows:

  • Children and Young People make healthy choices and have the best start in life.
  • Reduce health inequalities and early deaths.
  • Improve the quality of life, independence and care and support for people with long term conditions.
  • Improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the population.
  • Protect vulnerable people from harm.
  • Support people to die in the place of their choice with the care and support they need.

A chart showing the Objectives and Outcomes of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is illustrated here:

Objectives and outcomes for the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (PDF, 55kb)