What we do

Purpose of page

This page is designed to:

  • Answer some of those burning questions you might have about Wirral Intelligence Service, this website, the work we do and the content we provide and
  • Host those documents that guide, direct and underpin the local delivery of the Wirral Intelligence Service, this website and aspects such as Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Please re-visit this page for new content as we add information and documents over time.

What is Wirral Intelligence Service?

Wirral Intelligence Service, part of Wirral Council, are lead contributors and maintain this website.

Working through active dialogue with a range of partners, groups and communities the service provides support in the form of information and intelligence to organisations in Wirral. 

The site draws content and data from different sources in new and existing ways to improve our wider understanding of our place and people. The focus is to provide analysis that can be used to ‘make a difference’ and improve outcomes for Wirral residents.

For more information please get in touch: wirralintelligenceservice@wirral.gov.uk

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This Wirral Intelligence Service website

Wirral Intelligence Service website was established in 2017 to bring together in one place high quality research, information, and intelligence about Wirral; the place and the people that live here. Information is available on a wide range of themes including population and people, health, the economy, poverty and inequalities and crime and community safety. The information also provides local, regional and national context.

A key set of intelligence in this website is a collection of needs analysis focused on the current and future health and wellbeing of the Wirral population; this information is known as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). It is used to help determine what actions local authorities, the NHS and other partners need to take to meet health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on health and wellbeing.

For more information please get in touch: wirralintelligenceservice@wirral.gov.uk

What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment or JSNA?

The definition from the Department of Health's JSNA Guidance is, "Joint Strategic Needs Assessment describes a process that identifies current and future health and wellbeing needs in light of existing services and informs future service planning taking into account evidence of effectiveness.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment identifies 'the big picture', in terms of the health and wellbeing needs and inequalities of a local population". Producing a JSNA is a mandatory requirement designed to help organisations with service planning and the commissioning process.

This is a fundamental necessity of the Health & Social Care Act 2012 were local partnerships, but principally the local Health & Wellbeing Board and partners, are expected to prioritise based on the information and evidence in their local JSNA and other sources, as it highlights where there are gaps in knowledge or services and so helps inform effective decision making.

JSNA should also set out what people want from their services and should be underpinned by partnership working, community engagement and evidence of effectiveness. 

For more information please get in touch: wirralintelligenceservice@wirral.gov.uk