Wellbeing and Resilience in East Sussex 2016/17

The 2016/17 Director of Public Health Annual Report, Wellbeing and Resilience in East Sussex, builds on reports published over the previous two years. The message is clear - that by recognising and building on the strengths or assets that individuals and communities have we can design a system which enables individuals and communities to gain more control over their health and wellbeing. It is also made clear that it is through working with communities that we need to ensure that we have the right combination of formal and informal support to manage health and care support needs.

The 2014/15 Director of Public Health Report, Growing Community Resilience in East Sussex, focused on community members coming together to identify and use community resources and strengths. The following year the 2015/16 report, Strengthening Personal Resilience in East Sussex, focused on the need to strengthen personal resilience to underpin and support the growing community resilience. The 2016/17 report builds on all this previous work to highlight the importance of the association between wellbeing and resilience.

Developing and strengthening resilience involves new ways of working that ensure front line staff work proactively with the strengths and assets of local people such as family, friends and local informal and formal support networks. Harnessing our joint efforts to achieve the shared goal of creating more resilient people and communities is essential in a climate of reducing resources and rising demand. It is important that we are able to measure personal and community resilience at a population level to ensure that levels of both are improving and this is an essential part of the new report.

The 2016/17 report is organised into two distinct sections to achieve these aims: the first presents the rich information on personal and community resilience generated by our new Community Survey for East Sussex. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) is a measure of mental wellbeing and the questions to generate WEMWBS scores were included in the survey so it has been used as a proxy measure of personal resilience, as wellbeing and resilience are constituents of positive mental health.

The second section uses the results from the Community Survey and the latest information from a variety of other sources to update and recalculate the Wellbeing and Resilient Measure (WARM), that was originally presented in the 2014/15 Director of Public Health Annual Report, to measure community resilience. The report maps WARM at local authority, electoral ward, clinical commissioning group and GP practice level to establish a baseline to measure against over the next few years.

To inform our delivery programmes and partnership working to support and strengthen personal and community resilience in East Sussex the report makes three recommendations.


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Resource Date

January 2017