Why do we need a Health and Wellbeing Strategy?
Ealing's Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016 - 2021 is a long-term strategy for meeting the needs of the local
population, as identified in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). It is a statutory
requirement, which is to be developed and delivered jointly by partners in Ealing’s Health
and Wellbeing Board. These partners include Ealing Council, Ealing Clinical Commissioning
Group, Ealing Community Network and HealthWatch Ealing.
What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)?
The JSNA is a report which shows the the health and wellbeing of the people living and working in Ealing. It analyses detailed information about our local population from commonly used sources like the Census, health surveys, and service-based information and compares it with intelligence from a variety of community sources. This helps to create a picture of the current (and future) local health needs and identifies health inequalities and gaps in service.
What is the aim of the Strategy?
The aim of the strategy is to set out a small number of key strategic priorities for action that
will make a real impact on people’s lives. This strategy translates JSNA findings into clear
outcomes the Board wants to achieve, which will then inform local commissioning – leading
to locally-led initiatives that meet those outcomes and address the needs. The strategy does
not set out in detail what needs to happen to achieve the priorities, this work will happen
once the strategy has been approved by Ealing’s Health and Wellbeing Board in March
What are the long term aims of this strategy?
Through the strategy Ealing Council want to achieve the following long term aims:
- create opportunities to sustain good mental and physical health for children and adults at
every stage of life;
- reduce health inequalities by improving outcomes for neighbourhoods and communities
experiencing poor health;
- enable people of working age to participate as fully as possible in working and
community life, to improve the health and economic outcomes for them and their
- enable everyone to be healthy and independent for as long as possible, helping to
prevent or delay the need for social and acute care.
Through the development of the strategy four key areas have been identified for action that Ealing Council believes will have a major impact on the key issues as set out in the full Strategy. The priorities
require concerted and collective action across
the Health and Wellbeing Board and beyond. They are a call to action for not
only commissioners and providers, but also community groups, individuals and
the wide range of organisations that come into contact with citizens.
- Priority 1: Ensure all key organisations work better together to improve health and
- Priority 2: Take every opportunity to improve health and wellbeing through contacts
with residents and in key settings such as schools and the workplace
- Priority 3: Create and sustain an urban environment that helps people to make healthy
- Priority 4: Support residents and communities to manage their health, prevent ill
health and build resilience
If you are interested in finding out more about the JSNA or the Strategy, please visit the links in the wording above.
London Health Board
The London Health Board (LHB) is a non-statutory group chaired by the Mayor of London comprising elected leaders and key London professional health leads. It was set up in 2013 and has been refocused in light of the London Health Commission's Better Health for London report and the NHS Five Year Forward View.
The refocused London Health Board met for the first time in March 2015 and will meet quarterly.
Membership is made up of three parts:
To find out more about the LHB visit the links in the text.
Some of the wording for this article has been used from Ealing Council website, Ealing JSNA and Ealing Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016 - 2021