3rd Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary Sector

Sarah Morland
Article date
1 February 2016
Primary interest
Social care

We were pleased to welcomed nearly 40 people to the Wellbeing Forum on 28th January. The presentations and discussions focussed on Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the draft Adult Wellbeing Position Statement

Kim Wilkins from Reading’s Public Health team told us that the JSNA:

  • is the means by which we assess the health, care and wellbeing needs of the local population – now and in the future
  • helps us to understand the key issues we face in improving the health and wellbeing of our population.
  • informs the priorities of Readings’ Health and Wellbeing Board
  • informs the Reading Health and Wellbeing Board’s strategy

Here is a the link to the current JSNA  The new version will be going to the H & W Board on March 18th 2016.

Here are some local facts from the JSNA. Did you know?

  • The top cause of disability and years lived with disability in the UK  is back pain
  • 23.5% of children aged 4-5 in Reading are classified as overweight or obese? (2013/14 National Child Measurement Programme)
  • There is a trend of increasing life expectancy in Reading with increasing affluence, but the health equality differences within the borough are quite large. A boy born to parents living in Mapledurham ward is expected to live how 8 years longer than one born at the same time to parents in Whitley ward?

Janette Searle, Reading’s Preventative Services Manager, talked us through the draft Adult Wellbeing Position Statement.  Reading Borough Council’s vision is to “narrow the wellbeing gaps in Reading so that residents affected by care and support needs can access early help and enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives”

The concept of “wellbeing” under the Care Act includes

  • personal dignity
  • physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • protection from abuse and neglect
  • control by the individual over day-to-day life
  • participation in work, education, training or recreation
  • social and economic wellbeing
  • domestic, family and personal
  • suitability of living accommodation
  • contribution to society

Consultation on the draft Adult Wellbeing Position Statement is open until 18th March  Have your say