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Executive Summary

Welcome to the Executive Summary section of Cumbria's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) 2015 onwards.

The latest JSNA Executive Summary can be accessed via the link below.

JSNA Executive Summary 2016

Key health and wellbeing needs identified in Cumbria

The key health and wellbeing needs have been identified in the Executive Summary as follows:

  • Children and their families require support to ensure that preventable health issues and effects of poor lifestyle choices are addressed to ensure that every child has a good start in life.  There is a need to ensure that the positive progress in early years education is continued.

  • High levels of unhealthy lifestyles are leading to the development of longer term health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.  Support to promote healthy lifestyles and help people to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, focusing on healthy eating, moderate alcohol intake and increased physical activity will have a positive impact on health and wellbeing and will enable adults in Cumbria to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

  • There is a need to improve healthy life expectancy and reduce rates of premature mortality by the early identification and effective management of the main causes.

  • There is a need to promote mental wellbeing and emotional resilience.

  • There is a rise in long term and complex health needs due to the needs of Cumbria’s ageing population.  There is a need to look at prevention, along with early identification and management of long term conditions to ensure that older people are able to live independent and healthy lives.

  • Numbers of carers are likely to rise in line with the needs of the county’s ageing population.  Carers require support to improve their own health and wellbeing.

  • There is a need to address the inequalities between the least and most deprived communities and the associated impact on health and wellbeing.

  • People living in all geographical locations need to be able to access health, social care and support services.

Further information

For further information relating to the Executive Summary, please contact:

Catherine White
Senior Analyst
Performance & Intelligence - Performance & Risk Unit
Cumbria County Council
Tel: 07974 327370


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