How Torbay Council is helping partner organisations to understand and use JSNA data through interactive mapping


Torbay Council has created a website bringing together knowledge and intelligence from different perspectives (such as the local authority which serves the resident population of Torbay and the Clinical Commissioning Group which serves the GP registered population of South Devon and Torbay). This enables a wider understanding of the needs of the population within the South Devon and Torbay community. InstantAtlas interactive mapping software was used to display intelligence which forms part of a wider Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) for South Devon and Torbay.

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‘How Liverpool PCT is using data presentation to improve access to its Joint Strategic Needs Assessment’


Liverpool primary care trust is leading 2020 Decade of Health and Wellbeing for the Liverpool City region. The PCT’s vision is to achieve transformational improvements in health and in service provision and significant reductions in health inequalities.

The PCT’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) helps commissioners get a better understanding of current and future the health, care and well-being needs of people in Liverpool, and is produced jointly between the Primary Care Trust and City Council.

Colin Wilson, Intelligence Analyst Liverpool PCT, says the PCT wanted to display the JSNA data in a more engaging way – previously it had presented the data in tables and reports that were made available on the website.

Getting started

The Joint Health Unit (a collaboration between Liverpool PCT and Liverpool City Council) decided to use InstantAtlas to present the JSNA in a visually-compelling format. The unit pulled in data from various sources including: mortality rates; life expectancy; percentage of smokers; cancer related deaths and education data (GCSE passes).

Meeting the need

Colin believes that once the JSNA reports go live they will be very useful for anyone involved in commissioning services, such as GP consortia. “The JSNA report is aimed at anyone who has an interest in service delivery, such as health and social care organisations, the voluntary sector and partner agencies such as the Police.

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