Directors of Public Health in England have a statutory duty to write an Annual Public Health Report to demonstrate the state of health within their communities. It is a major opportunity for advocacy on behalf of the health of the population and as such can be extremely powerful both in talking to the community and also to support fellow professionals in public health.
A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) looks at the current and future health and care needs of local populations to inform and guide the planning and commissioning of health, well-being and social care services within a local authority area. In Stockton-on-Tees, the JSNA has been used as an opportunity to improve partnership working; bringing together a range of people from a range of organisations to truly understand how to tackle important health issues.
It is possible to view the Public Health England annual health profile for Stockton-on-Tees on the Public Health England website.