Wyre Forest health information
Reliable sources of information for local health related data include:
Worcestershire County Council produce updates on various public health topics through their Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The JSNA provides information on health and well-being in order to inform decision making. It facilitates the improvement of health and well-being and the reduction of inequalities for the local community. It is used to determine what actions local authorities, the NHS, and other partners need to take to meet people's health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on their health and well-being.
Worcestershire Insights - a free and open website allowing users to easily access local data relevant to Worcestershire.
Public Health England’s annual Wyre Forest health profile provides facts and figures on health issues such as obesity, alcohol use, mental health and physical activity.
Health structure and strategy
The Health and Wellbeing Board brings together the organisations responsible for improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities across Worcestershire. Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing represents us on the Board.
The Health and Wellbeing Board is required to develop a strategy including a vision and priorities for improving the health and wellbeing of people who live and work in Worcestershire. The 2022 to 2032 ‘Being Well in Worcestershire’ Strategy, was adopted by the Health and Wellbeing Board, following extensive public consultation and identifies good mental health and wellbeing as the main priority.
The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) is a partnership of NHS organisations, local authorities, voluntary and community organisations and others. The ICS aims to bring these organisations together to provide health and care to patients in a more joined up way. The ICS aims to address all of the factors that affect people’s health – from jobs to housing, from education to environment, in addition to access to health services.
District Collaboratives bring together Primary Care Networks (groups of GP Practices), District Councils, Public Health, Voluntary and Community Sector, Housing, Police and others. These organisations collaborate to meet the needs of the communities they service. In Wyre Forest, priorities identified include mental health and wellbeing, obesity, frailty, supporting vulnerable adults, Best Start in Life and community connectedness. Example of recent outcomes include:
- Providing a community-based wellbeing course, which GPs can refer to.
- Promotion of different services in local medical centres.
- Targeted support for people with cold-exacerbated medical conditions, to help them stay warm and well at home.
- Joint organisation of events such as the Showcase of Services for those aged 50+.
- Improving access to health services for homeless residents.