Health and wellbeing in Reading

By Jason Hilbourne.

Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a study of the health and social care needs of the town. It describes how education, employment and the environment shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities.

The JSNA is used by Reading Borough Council’s (RBC’s) health and wellbeing board to compile its health and wellbeing strategy.

It is also a valuable resource for voluntary organisations offering services and activities that aim help to improve people’s  wellbeing. The JSNA can help identify key health priorities in an area, or the type of service required to supporting funding applications, or how to shape services to meet the needs of local people.

You can search within the JSNA by borough or ward and find information on issues affecting health such as air quality or transport, or data on specific health issues such as mental health, obesity or dementia.

The priorities on Reading’s health and wellbeing strategy for 2017-2020 are to:

  • support people to make healthy lifestyle choices,
  • reduce loneliness and social isolation,
  • reduce alcohol consumption to safe levels,
  • promote positive mental health in children and young people,
  • make Reading a place where people can live well with dementia,
  • increase breast and bowel screening and prevention services,
  • reduce the incidence tuberculosis.

This article was originally published by the Reading Neighbourhood Network.


  1. A vision for a healthier Reading
  2. Reading Neighbourhood Network
  3. Reading’s JSNA
    1. JSNA for Katesgrove ward
    2. JSNA for Whitley ward
    3. JSNA for Redlands ward
  4. RBC health and wellbeing board
  5. RBC health and wellbeing strategy