Priorities For Wokingham Borough

Priorities

The JSNA includes a wealth of information on over 50 topics related to health and wellbeing specific to Wokingham Borough.  The following is a short list of what we feel are the key priorities informed by the JSNA data.  It is important to stress that this list is by no means exhaustive and does not mean that the other issues highlighted in the JSNA are any less important.  Rather the following list are the headline points that present key opportunities for improvement at this time.

Sustainable Development Locations and Housing Growth

Due to the vast scale of development within the Borough (over 13,500 new houses by 2026) there has been some uncertainty in the exact make-up of the associated future population growth in terms of age mix; internal and external migration mix and population profile.  It is expected there will be a rise in the number of families, and therefore a rise in the number of births in the Borough.

 

Increase in the Number of Older People

Together with the expected overall population growth there is an expected increase in the number of older people aged 65 years plus and 85 years plus, however the proportion of older people in relation to the total population is not expected to change, and may even reduce.  The increase in numbers is likely to place a greater demand on the health and social care system in the Borough as there is a higher likelihood of people living with Long Term Conditions, dementia or frailty.  This highlights the importance of prevention, to ensure people age well and avoid dependency and self-manage their health effectively.

 

Good Start in Life

Prevention isn’t reserved for the older generation, within Wokingham Borough there is a focus on prevention in the early years and ensuring that every child gets a good start to life, including a focus on improving school readiness.

Every 3 years we produce a health and wellbeing strategy document which sets out our priorities and aims. Read the documents below to find out more: