Collaborating on health data

Collaborating on health data

We’ve helped to increase awareness and use of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) within the voluntary and community sector.

The needs assessment is the place where data and intelligence on local health inequalities, needs and outcomes is captured. The needs assessment is used to plan local services.

Voluntary and community organisations are closer to communities, in particular some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, and so they have a wealth of data and intelligence which the public sector doesn’t have access to which can helpfully inform knowledge about health needs and plans for services.

 

Our role

We’ve worked with the public sector to ensure that data and intelligence held by voluntary and community organisations is included in the needs assessment.

Our representatives have participated in the steering group for the needs assessment. They’ve helped ensure that voluntary and community organisations are best placed to respond to annual calls for evidence, and that their expertise and experience is used to understand gaps in the evidence.

We’ve ensured voluntary and community organisations are aware of and are supported to contribute their evidence as part of the annual calls for evidence. We’ve provide one-to-one support to voluntary and community organisations to help them to do this, and we’ve run training which has helped them to improve their evidence collection.

 

Making change happen

Our expertise has ensured more voluntary and community organisations are involved in the calls for evidence, and that the richness of the data and intelligence they provide is better. Their data and intelligence has successfully informed approaches to children and young people’s mental health and identifying the needs of trans people and migrants.

There has been other benefits too. As a result of being more involved in and more aware of the needs assessment, voluntary and community organisations are using it to identify areas of focus for their services, and to evidence the need for their services in funding bids to a wide variety of funders. This means more funding is being brought into the city for services and activities which meet the health needs of residents.

 

Age UK, Brighton & Hove, used the needs assessment to successfully win funding:

“We use the JSNA to inform our strategic direction, using it in our trustee away days and to write bids for funding. We used the dementia needs assessment to shape a bid for a Dementia Action Alliance using a particular model. The needs assessment identified the need for information and for a wider reach which would include partners working in the community. We identified opportunities for partnership as the lead organisation, and we included the ability for partners to access funds to help them to become more dementia friendly as we felt this answered the requirements of the needs assessment. Those aspects were key to the model used in the bid and to us being successful in winning the funds to deliver the Dementia Action Alliance in the city. The alliance is helping its members to trial new ways of working and have access to resources to make their physical environment more dementia friendly. The alliance is also facilitating exciting and new approaches to talking about dementia in the city.” 

 

Collaborate with voluntary and community organisations

If you work in the public sector you’ll benefit from collaborating with voluntary and community organisations. They can share data and intelligence on local needs, and help with designing innovative commissions and providing services which make a difference.

We can support you to collaborate and work in partnership with voluntary and community organisations in Brighton, Hove, Adur and Worthing.

To find out more get in touch with our Partnerships Manager, Laura Williams, on laura@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234025

 

“Community Works has been closely involved in the JSNA for a number of years. This has included representation on the city needs assessment steering group and co-ordination of the annual call for evidence for the JSNA from the voluntary and community sector. Community Works has also ensured that the JSNA and community insight tool are well used resources across the voluntary and community sector. This has helped to increase voluntary and community organisations knowledge of the key issues faced across the city and provided them with evidence upon which to make decisions, evaluate success and apply for funding from within and outside of the city - Kate Gilchrist, Brighton & Hove City Council.”

“Community Works has been closely involved in the JSNA for a number of years. This has included representation on the city needs assessment steering group and co-ordination of the annual call for evidence for the JSNA from the voluntary and community sector. Community Works has also ensured that the JSNA and community insight tool are well used resources across the voluntary and community sector. This has helped to increase voluntary and community organisations knowledge of the key issues faced across the city and provided them with evidence upon which to make decisions, evaluate success and apply for funding from within and outside of the city - Kate Gilchrist, Brighton & Hove City Council.”

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