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Council launches The Wokingham Borough Observatory - the new home of the JSNA

Council launches The Wokingham Borough Observatory -  the new home of the JSNA

01 June 2022
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Wokingham Borough Council is proud to launch the Wokingham Borough Observatory, an online platform that hosts a wealth of data and information related to health and wellbeing in the Borough – from economic and employment data, through to environmental data, and information directly related to health outcomes.


The Wokingham Borough Observatory is the new home for the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), a statutory document which local authorities and clinical commissioning groups use to assess current and future health, care and wellbeing needs of the local community, and to inform local decision-making. It provides easy access to a wide range of local health and wellbeing information and data about the borough and its residents.


The JSNA’s main aim is to enable decision-makers in the local area to consider the wider issues that influence our health and wellbeing, and to identify any differences in needs and outcomes based on age, gender, ethnicity and social and economic factors to ensure everyone achieves the best possible outcomes.


The data that can be accessed through the Wokingham JSNA will be of interest to many users, including residents, businesses and service providers, particularly those working in public health and social care. The data can be used for planning service provision, writing bids for funding, research, and development of services. It will also be useful to people who simply want to know more about Wokingham Borough and the services available in the area.


Executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services, Cllr David Hare said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the Wokingham Borough Observatory, the new home of Wokingham JSNA. The platform is a valuable resource tool that is free for anyone to view and gather data from. The observatory is simple to use and can provide useful information to a wide range of residents and professionals.”


The new JSNA site obtains its data automatically from a range of sources, and hence provides users with up-to-date and reliable data. It has been designed so users can easily download reports, graphics, data and other statistics in their preferred format. The information is presented under thematic chapters on:


  • Population and demographics
  • Children and young people’s health and wellbeing
  • Adult health and social care
  • Housing
  • Crime and community safety
  • Deprivation
  • Economy and employment
  • Environment

The site also enables users to search for further statistics, filter their search by different criteria, and make comparisons at different levels, such as by local authority, borough ward and area. Users are welcome to provide feedback to the public health team to help inform further improvement to the site.

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