JSNA Joint-Planning Area profiles
The JSNA Joint-Planning Area profiles here give summary information for the ten areas within Somerset. These are ‘mini-JSNAs’ for smaller areas than the county as a whole, but larger than say, parishes or wards. They have been created by the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board to help understand need at the broad level of the market town and its hinterland, as this is the basis on which many services are provided.
These profiles show how different areas of the county have different characteristics and challenges. They are intended only to show the character and context of planning in each area. The areas were designed so that, as far as possible, they:
- Fit within current District boundaries
- Are of approximately the same size
- Are centred around urban service centres
- Are relatively self-contained, so that the population in the areas tends to use universal services such as schools and GP practices located within them
- Are built from Middle Super Output Areas (census geographies of about 7,500 people), meaning that more data are available, and individuals cannot be identified
- Are relatively balanced in terms of rurality and deprivation, so that local factors can be isolated more effectively.
- Reflect local perception and catchment areas
These are not prescriptive geographies for how services should be organized. They are generally consistent with the 30,000-50,000 population areas suggested for community teams in the NHS Long Term Plan (https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-long-term-plan/ ). Taunton, Bridgwater, Chard and East Mendip areas are larger as there is no ‘natural break’ within the catchments.
People often choose to do things like register at GP Practices and attend schools other than the one closest to their home; this makes it difficult to produce an effective statistical picture at a smaller community level, even if two or more teams are needed to provide services to the population.