Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

Local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are required to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of the health and wellbeing of their local community. The JSNA is an ongoing process by which local authorities, CCGs and other public sector partners jointly describe the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population and identify priorities for action to inform commissioning of health, wellbeing and social care services locally.

Merton’s JSNA is made up of a number of user friendly products, from the Merton Story – which gives a snapshot of what Merton is like as a place to live, including the demographic make up of our residents and the wider environment within which our residents live, and the key risk factors for health and wellbeing through the life course, as well as health outcomes and health inequalities that exist between different population groups in Merton – to Ward Health Profiles for each of Merton’s electoral wards, and a range of more in depth Topic Health Profiles and Health Needs Assessments on priority topic areas.

Please click the link to view the following pieces of information on health and wellbeing in the borough

The Merton Story and Merton Story Summary provide a snapshot of the local needs which have been identified through the JSNA process, and is developed to inform commissioning intentions in the borough.

The ward health profiles provide an overview of health and related factors for each of Merton’s 20 wards. In addition to the ward health profiles there are summary profiles for Merton overall, East and West Merton. Each profile looks at the ward’s demographic make-up, life-expectancy at birth, deprivation, crime, health indicators for children, adults and older people, as well as main causes of mortality.

Health Profiles

Merton Disability – Health and Care Profile

Disability is one of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. This means that the council and its public sector partners have a duty to consider how its decisions and policies affect disabled people.

This health and care profile is a baseline source of information to enable the council and its partners to plan to meet that duty. It is part of a set of documents which together form the current Merton Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

Physical activity in Merton

Severe mental illness in Merton 

The focus of this profile is serious or severe mental health illness. Serious or severe mental illness includes diagnoses which typically involve psychosis (losing touch with reality or experiencing delusions) or requiring high levels of care, which may require hospital treatment. The two most common severe mental illnesses are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (or manic depression). Other illnesses include major depression or major anxiety disorder.