Shropshire Council

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) uses data to identify health and wellbeing needs within the Shropshire population. This information influences decision making when planning and commissioning services. This helps ensure the most important areas for improving health and wellbeing are prioritized. The Shropshire Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for the JSNA and the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

We use data from a range of sources to provide information for the JSNA. This includes information about; housing, employment, smoking, prevalence of diseases, services used and their effectiveness, community perspectives and other local data from a variety of sources.

The data used in this process is both qualitative (findings from what people are saying) and quantitative (numerical data), and may also come from existing reports, such as the Community Strategy or parish plans.

Shropshire’s JSNA is in the process of being updated, and you can read what is happening, including timescales for action in this health and wellbeing board report.

The following links may also be useful:

Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) - 2019

The IMD is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas (Lower Layer Super Output Areas or LLSOAs) in England . LLSOAs are a statistical geography created by the Office for National Statistics for the Census. They are areas consisting of a minimum of 1,000 to a maximum of 3000 population.

Public Health Outcomes Framework

The Public Health Outcomes Framework sets out a vision for public health, that is to ‘improve and protect the nation's health, and improve the health of the poorest fastest.’

A simple way to find latest data is:

  • Where it says ‘Find your area’ type in Shropshire
  • Click on the blue box ‘Shropshire’ which drops down
  • Click ‘view report’

You can also search for data by postcode, town or local authority.

Shropshire’s profile

Area profiles: These area profiles give a detailed statistical and mapped picture of life in wards and parishes across Shropshire
Shropshire Air Quality and Health: Shropshire Council air quality reports
Population projections: Future projections

Starting well and developing well

Ensuring that children have the best start in life is vital for reducing health inequalities. Much of a person’s future health and wellbeing is determined by early years development.

The most important and effective health interventions are those which address inequalities and health behaviours in a child’s early years.

Maternity health

Children and young peoples’ mental health

Shropshire Child Adolescent Mental Health Service Referrals 2016-17 report

Vulnerable young people

Early Years and childhood

Living well and working well

Living a healthy life can increase life expectancy and improve quality of life. Making the right lifestyle choices reduces the likelihood of premature death and suffering certain long term conditions.

Lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking and poor diet are often precursors for ill-health and they also have a relationship with deprivation in Shropshire and in England overall.

People living in the most deprived areas are significantly more likely to smoke, be obese, be physically inactive and have poor nutrition compared to those from more affluent areas. They are therefore more likely to suffer from diseases, such as Cardio-Vascular Disease (CVD) and cancer as a consequence.


Mental wellbeing

Substance misuse


Ageing well

Shropshire has a larger proportion of older people than the national average and this section of the population is expected to increase significantly, therefore ageing well is vitally important for the future population of Shropshire.