Whilst the JSNA 2011 contained information on age, sex, disability, race, religion and carers, it did not include information relating to all of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. In 2012, work progressed to start to fill these gaps and raise awareness of the need to ensure all groups are included on an ongoing basis to inform the JSNA.
Data updates related to health, social care and the wider determinants that affect the general population’s health and wellbeing were undertaken to provide a current and meaningful view of Somerset’s situation. 2011 Census data were included as they became available.
Research commissioned by NHS Somerset and Somerset LINk was undertaken to document the health and social care needs of Somerset’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender communities.
The JSNA webpage is supported by additional reports reflecting other protected characteristics in relation to Somerset:
- Sensory loss appraisal
- Mental health client profile
- Adult social care and support directory
- Social care user survey summary
- Blue Badge consultation
- Youth housing strategy
- Children and Young People’s Plan
- Stonewall SW survey results (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual)
- ‘2BU’ (a report on young people questioning their sexuality)
- Rape Crisis report (includes NHS Somerset response)
- Updated needs assessment register and summary
A resource of equality information is also available on Somerset County Council’s web site.
The production of information was again driven primarily by the JSNA Technical Working Group whose membership includes staff from the NHS and county council, police, fire service, the Local Involvement Network (LINk) and other representatives as appropriate, for example from district councils or voluntary organisations. The work was overseen and supported by Somerset’s shadow Health and Wellbeing Board.