Shropshire Council

Place-based Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

What is place-based?

We focus on a particular geographic area to identify, understand, and address the key concerns and issues specific to the communities living there. We use a survey to find out the health and wellbeing needs and concerns of local people. We do this by working closely with local organisations who have the local knowledge and relationships to connect with a wide range of residents to give them the opportunity to have their say.   

How many place-based JSNA’s are there?

There are 18 place plan areas in Shropshire, usually but not always focused on a market town and its surrounding rural communities (map and list in alphabetical order below).

Why place-based?

We recognise that health and wellbeing needs across our large and diverse county will be different by location. Each of our 18 place plan areas are unique and will likely have specific needs and concerns, although some maybe similar across all of Shropshire. Collecting information at a local level lets us know more about the local health and wellbeing picture of each area. This includes things that are working well, things that need improving and where services and resources should and can be placed now and in the future. By asking each place plan area separately we can better support our residents at a local level with local issues that affect and matter most to them.

It’s about working together with local organisations such as voluntary and community groups, schools and colleges, GP practices, local business, and Town and Parish Councils to gain local knowledge, insight, and connections. To connect with communities, especially those who are often not well heard and unrepresented with the most areas of unmet need and at the highest risk of worse outcomes.

We can then work together to highlight and best use the strengths, capacity, and knowledge of all the partners involved to look at actions and possible solutions. This is referred to as an asset-based approach.

18 place plan areas

  • Albrighton and surrounding area
  • Bishop’s Castle and surrounding area
  • Bridgnorth and surrounding area
  • Broseley and surrounding area
  • Church Stretton and surrounding area
  • Cleobury Mortimer and surrounding area
  • Craven Arms and surrounding area
  • Ellesmere and surrounding area
  • Highley and surrounding area
  • Ludlow and surrounding area
  • Market Drayton and surrounding area
  • Much Wenlock and surrounding area
  • Oswestry and surrounding area
  • Pontesbury, Minsterley and surrounding area
  • Shifnal and surrounding area
  • Shrewsbury and surrounding area
  • Wem and surrounding area
  • Whitchurch and surrounding area

To be involved in your local place-based JSNA please contact: