Understanding the Island Context

Bembridge - North East Locality

To be able to commission services for the Isle of Wight, the IWCCG need to understand the Island profile – its population, health needs, and geographic area. This information is found in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and Island Health Profile. From the 1st April 2013 the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) will also be incorporated into this suite of information allowing the health service to better understand its community and their needs.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
The commissioning process is initiated by production of the JSNA, developed collaboratively between Public Health, the Isle of Wight Council and the Health and Wellbeing Board. This document builds a profile of the Islands population and health needs which the IWCCG must provide services to meet. The JSNA document discusses a number of elements including:

  • social determinants, such as the economy, education and, housing;
  • the health and wellbeing of children and adults on the Island; and
  • some of the Island’s health inequalities, including a focus on some specific groups likely to be at greater risk of experiencing them.

The Island Health Profile
The most current Local Health Profiles (2012) give a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England in a user-friendly format. They are a valuable tool for health services in helping them understand their community’s needs so that they can work to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities by commissioning appropriate services.

Produced by the Public Health Observatories of England, health profiles are available as interactive maps and charts on the Local Health Profiles website. The profile for each local authority in England includes:

  • an ‘at a glance’ summary description of people’s health in the area, which includes information on locally identified priorities
  • maps and charts showing how the health of the area compares to the national view and information on health inequalities within the local authority
  • charts presenting changes in death rates over a 10 year period, compared to rates for England
  • a ‘spine chart’ health summary showing the difference in health between the area and the regional/England average for 32 indicators within five domains (our communities, children’s and young people’s health, adults’ health and lifestyle, diseases and poor health, and life expectancy and causes of death)

A copy of the Isle of Wight health profile can be found here and in the downloads section below.

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS)
A new requirement of Health and Wellbeing Boards, the JHWS addresses many of the findings of the JSNA , specifically areas of health and social care concern highlighted in relation to the local population. The current strategy (2013 - 2016) focuses on five main areas for the Isle of Wight:

  • Ensuring children and young people have the best possible start in life.
  • Helping and supporting people prepare for old age and to manage long-term physical and mental health conditions and disabilities.
  • Enabling people to make health choices for healthy lifestyles.
  • Building and sustaining economic growth for the Island and supporting improved employment opportunities.
  • Making the Island a better place to live and to visit.