Services in Wakefield

Sean-Rayner

Sean Rayner District Director for Barnsley and Wakefield

We provide the following services to the people of Wakefield:

You can read all about these services in our service offer document. Some of our services also have more detailed information in their own dedicated web pages in this section.

We also run a number of services in partnership, with Wakefield Council as the lead provider.

Wakefield health issues

The health of people in Wakefield is mixed compared to the England average. Deprivation is higher than average and 13,540 children live in poverty.

Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the English average, both sexes statistically living a year less than the general population. Early death rates from cancer and from heart disease and stroke have fallen but remain worse than the England average.

18.1% of Year 6 children are classified as obese, which coincides with national rates. However 28.5% of adults are also obese, over 4% more then the English average. Estimated levels of adult ‘healthy eating’, smoking and obesity are worse than the England average. The rate of smoking related deaths is higher than average.

Wakefield’s identified health priorities include reducing health inequalities, tobacco control and promoting healthy weight.

View the full 2012 health profile for Wakefield

How our services respond to these challenges

Responding to meet the health and wellbeing needs of people in Wakefield is complex. We know that for some the picture is improving but for many it is not. We are using the findings from the Wakefield Joint Strategic Needs Assessment [external site] to target our services better at people in a way that reflects their level of need.

This will support a reduction in the differences in health and wellbeing between groups of people and between different areas. This is not a quick fix but an ongoing, long term process which requires our partnership approach with commissioners, local organisations, local people, their families and their communities.

Joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA)

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an ongoing process that identifies the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population. It informs commissioning priorities that will help to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities across the District.

The JSNA baseline report was published in 2008 and showed some of the key health and wellbeing issues present in the current population, and what the implications of these might be in terms of service planning. Since the original JSNA was produced a number of updates have been developed – including a specific Children and Young People’s JSNA.

The Wakefield JSNA website gives the first update of an ongoing process to ensure that the latest evidence of health and wellbeing need is shared widely with people who are involved in the commissioning or provision of services in Wakefield.

The website reviews the data presented in 2008, provides an update on activity and changes to that data, and identifies where (if any) there are any new priorities for the district to consider.

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Page last updated on October 23rd, 2013