Public health in Bracknell Forest
The aim of those working in public health is to improve the health and well being of the local population. This includes helping people take control of their own health by stopping smoking, becoming more physically active or even improving mental well-being.
About us and our partners
The Bracknell Forest Public Health Team is led by Dr. Lisa McNally, Consultant in Public Health. The team work in partnership with colleagues across Bracknell Forest Council, as well as in the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who commission local NHS Services. The Bracknell Forest Public Health Team also work closely with Berkshire Public Health Services who provide expertise, coordination and support to local public health teams across the county.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
The Bracknell Forest JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) is the means by which we assess the current and future health and wellbeing needs of Bracknell Forest. These are the needs that could be met by local authority, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the NHS and other partners.
The Bracknell Forest JSNA is new, innovative and adaptable. It aims to reflect the changing needs of the population through regular updates and revisions. Regular news articles will be produced to highlight ‘what’s new’ and what is relevant to the health and wellbeing of Bracknell Forest residents.
How we use data
Public Health has a duty to improve the health of the population we serve. To help us in this duty, we use data and information from a range of sources, including data collected at the registration of a birth or death and Hospital episode statistics, to understand more about the nature and causes of disease and ill-health in the area. Data may be used in in a number of ways, for example:
- To understand how may people are accessing services
- To understand what the key health needs are in the local area
- To identify variations in health outcomes between groups in the population
- To understand trends in health and well-being and to predict future need
Data is held and processed according to the law. Information is made anonymous before been shared further unless there is legal justification for sharing identifiable data in accordance with regulation 3 of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 which covers matters relating to communicable disease or other risks to public health. All other data including that that is published on our website is presented in a format which would not allow anybody to identify an individual from that data.
If you have any questions about public health in Bracknell Forest contact the Public Health Team.