Current key issues from the JSNA
This JSNA has sections on over 80 topics related to health and well-being in Bracknell Forest. Each one aims to highlight areas of need. However, the following is a short list of what we feel are the key priorities for our area right now. This doesn't mean that the other issues highlighted in the JSNA are not important. Rather these are just the 'headlines' and describe key opportunities for improvement at this time.
Seamless Health & Social Care
It's crucial that our residents don't experience gaps between the heath care and their social care. For example, a key point in which health and social care need to work together is when older people are coming out of hospital. A 'delayed transfer of care' occurs when a patient who is ready for transfer from a hospital bed to a community setting remains in hospital due to non-clinical reasons. Minimising delayed transfers of care and enabling people to live independently at home is therefore one of the key outcomes of social care. Delays have increased since the previous year, although the rate of increase in Bracknell Forest is slower (rate increase of 2.6 compared to 3 nationally). This data suggest that while delayed transfers of care are a national issue, they are a key priority for action in Bracknell Forest. Read more about delayed transfer of care here.
Mental Health in the Community
Among older people in the Bracknell & Ascot CCG area, 66.17% have received a formal diagnosis of dementia. This is slightly lower than the national average and suggests a need for improved awareness and diagnosis. We are working to address this and more information can be found in the new Dementia Strategy 2014-2019. For younger people, Child and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) referrals are on the rise and waiting times for treatment are a major challenge.. This suggests a need for more preventative mental health work with children, in particular building their resilience and supporting their emotional health and wellbeing. Together with colleagues in the NHS we are currently reviewing mental health services for children and young people which will include the continued expansion of preventative support intervening at an earlier stage. An additional priority is to ensure that regular and accurate data on children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing and service outcomes is made available.
The number of people requiring support due to poor health or disability is increasing. The future of health and social care services depends on more of us caring for our own health and staying healthy for longer. The council have already joined forces with NHS colleagues to develop a range of programmes aimed at supporting self care. Many of them are included in our Public Health Portal. There are also a range of community groups that can help people look after their physical health and mental well-being.