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 Annual Public Health Report for 2018-19 provides context for the Health and Wellbeing Board’s Diabetes Action Plan which is being published at the same time. It is a learning resource, to encourage the development of a whole system approach for all long-term health conditions not just diabetes.

The report describes the current picture of diabetes in Merton and forecasts for the future. Its key message is that working together to create a healthy place and provide holistic care is the best approach to tackle the problem, It describes a number of ways in which this could be enhanced, in terms of learning from elsewhere and how this might be used in Merton.

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.

South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan

The NHS in south west London has been working together and with local councils to develop a ‘sustainability and transformation  plan’ (STP)  that will:

  • use our money and  staff differently to build services around the needs of patients
  • invest in more and better services in local communities
  • invest in our estates to bring them up to scratch
  • try to bring all services up to the standard of the best

The following two infographics have been developed to support and encourage STP areas to take action on alcohol and tobacco to meet the ambitions of the Long Term Plan and support London wide action on tobacco, as set out in the London Vision. The documents set out key data for each STP area around cost, benefit of addressing the area and suggested actions to take.

South West London STP: preventing tobacco-related harm

South West London STP: preventing alcohol-related harm

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.

Musculoskeletal Diseases in Merton 2018

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the leading cause of pain and disability in England and account for one of the highest causes of sickness absence and productivity loss.  In 2017/18 Merton had a higher percentage of people that had a long term musculoskeletal problem compared to London but lower than England. Merton is the 9th highest borough for the rate of long term MSK conditions in London.

National Child Measurement Programme in Merton 2017/18

This report presents a summary of findings from the England National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for Merton, 2017-18 school year published recently. It covers children in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) in mainstream state-maintained schools in England.