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NHS North Somerset and North Somerset Council undertook its first Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) in 2008. Its key findings are that:
• We have a fast growing population.
• We have a high proportion of people over the age of 50 compared with the rest of the South West.
• The rate of growth in the population of people in older age groups is particularly fast, and is projected to continue.
• More and more of these people are living alone.
• Overall life expectancy is higher than the national average and similar to the South West, but healthy life expectancy is not keeping pace. This means more people are living longer, but in poorer health.
• We have the widest social inequalities gap in the South West, and the eleventh biggest in England. Weston-super-mare South ward is in the 3% most deprived areas in England and Central ward is in the 1% most deprived. Linked to this is a significant health inequalities gap, and a gap in overall life expectancy.
• We have particularly high levels of care based in care homes.
• A significant proportion of our population live in rural communities where access to services and amenities is difficult.
• Weston super Mare houses around 10% of all the drug rehabilitation beds in the country.
• We project that all of these factors will drive an overall growth in demand on services of around 2.5% per year compared to overall population growth of 1% per year.
To access the JSNA and accompanying documents please follow the link below.
If you have any questions about the JSNA then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.