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Our Approach

Abstract

We strongly believe that Bolton’s JSNA is a process and that it is constantly evolving to help best identify, describe and disseminate the health and wellbeing needs of our population (in a number of ways to different audiences) and providing the best possible evidence base upon which to improve the health of people in Bolton.

The Bolton’s Health Matters website provides us all with a platform to constantly improve and share our understanding of the local population and their health and wellbeing needs. The website consists of two key areas:

  • The summary JSNA material and documents
  • The Knowledge Hub

Contents

Summary JSNA Material

Knowledge Hub

About Us

Contact Us

JSNA Chapters

Bolton's Health Matters Reports

Summary JSNA Material

The summary JSNA material consists of the following elements:

  • Themed chapters covering key diseases, risk factors, population groups and determinants of health, have a consistent structure which provide, not only an overview of health needs and gaps in service provision, but also recommendations for commissioners based on this assessment.
  • The Core dataset provides a consistent and annually updated set of JSNA indicator sheets that monitor key measures of health and wellbeing needs and allows for analysis of inequalities across population groups within Bolton. These indicators sheets are used to monitor and evaluate progress in health improvement and allow us to scan the horizon for forthcoming local health challenges.
  • Profiles, both locally and nationally produced, provide summary overviews of needs in particular population groups (be it geographically within Bolton or for other geographies such as individual GP practice registered patient groups) and overviews of key indicators relating to particular health conditions, disease or lifestyle factors.

Knowledge Hub

The Knowledge Hub is a searchable home for all intelligence and evidence that helps to produce the summary JSNA material for Bolton but also provides intelligence on topics that do not currently have a summary theme chapter.

The philosophy of the Knowledge Hub is that it will:

  • Make the sharing of intelligence and evidence on the health and wellbeing needs of our population easier and at the fingertips of potential interested users
  • Create a culture of intelligence sharing in Bolton
  • Be inclusive and provide a platform for all stakeholders to share their information on the local population
  • Empower people to use the intelligence to inform decision making
  • Become ‘the place’ to go to when needing information on the local population
  • Become ‘the place’ to disseminate and promote the intelligence you wish to share across the Bolton family 

About Us

The information stored within Bolton's Health Matters is generated by commissioners and practitioners throughout the Bolton health economy as well as trusted local, regional and national partners. Bolton's Health Matters comprises of information specialists across health and social care teams within Bolton who work tirelessly to ensure the information held on this site is the most accurate and up-to-date and that it meets the needs of its users. The main Bolton's Health Matters team can be contacted below. Special thanks go to David Holt, Tyler Gerrard and Amy Finnegan for their work appraising  the evidence populating the knowledge hub. 

Contact Us

If you would like to share anything via the Knowledge Hub, please use the document submission form, or contact us if you would like to discuss it further.

We are very keen to get broader engagement with and use of the JSNA across all stakeholders in Bolton. If you are interested in helping to produce and develop the JSNA further please do contact us. You may be interested in helping us to produce better summary chapters or can suggest a local group that could provide a ‘user voice’. Any help or feedback is always greatly appreciated.

JSNA Chapters - What to consider

Whilst new ideas are allows encouraged, consider the following points:

  • What is the size/characteristics of the population that shall at risk?
  • Who/what is driving the need for this chapter?
  • The impact on health inequalities – will doing nothing negatively impact the health inequalities of this group?
  • Does it have any links to strategy or policy across the Bolton health economy?
  • Is it linked to any statutory requirements within the Bolton health economy?
  • Is it linked to any trends that need monitoring?
  • Is there a need for it to be a regional or national comparator?
  • What else is already out there in terms of data/knowledge?

 

Bolton's Health Matters Reports

Bolton's Health Matters: Year One

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