Maximising health & wellbeing gain

Maximising health & wellbeing gain

This page focuses on the health and wellbeing strategy with the priority of maximising health and wellbeing gain.
One of the five key priorities in the health and wellbeing strategy focuses on making sure that all partners work well together and are clear about what they need to do to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

We will focus on better understanding the wider socio-economic factors that determine health and wellbeing. This will involve engaging all perspectives within the community in an ongoing and constructive dialogue to better understand what health and wellbeing means to them and how they would like to be supported to attain it. In particular, we will develop ‘needs and equity’ audits that clearly define how health and wellbeing interventions should best be targeted at individuals and communities most in need.

This will include showcasing best practice of where health and wellbeing gain is being generated, both within and beyond Northumberland alongside peer groups (e.g. school to school) subsequently used to create, collegiate influence and advocacy.

Why has this been identified as a priority?

The JSNA has confirmed that despite overall improvements in most health and wellbeing outcomes, gaps between parts of Northumberland are not narrowing. For example, there is slower progress and persistently lower life expectancy at birth in south east Northumberland.

Inequality in health and wellbeing arises because of differences in the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Many of these are avoidable, or preventable, thereby making such avoidable differences unfair and unacceptable.

What will be done differently?

The approach to creating health and wellbeing gain will become the custom and practice for all organisations. This will work along the whole social gradient, rather than focusing only on specific population segments. It will also be of appropriate scale and intensity, with services and interventions scaled according to need, rather than their socio-economic position.

Any unfair or unwarranted variations in the range and quality of health and social care services will be challenged, through the appropriate use of benchmarking and performance mechanisms. In particular, non-health based service providers will understand and be delivering their contribution to creating health and wellbeing gain.

What impact will be made?

Residents will be able to access the services and facilities they want to, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances or long-term conditions.

People will be happier, living longer and in their homes for longer, with any inequality gaps significantly reduced. Communities will be more inclusive and welcoming with their social capital growing through more neighbourliness, locally-run events and initiatives and finding solutions to emerging challenges themselves.

The following information and priorities are taken from the baseline JSNA and update (2012). The content of this section is currently being updated therefore some of the data and documents may be out of date.