The health needs assessment for a particular population

This is a paper that is focusing on the health needs assessment for a particular population. The paper also provides further instructions on how to write the report on the health needs.

The health needs assessment for a particular population

A 5000 word written report, weighting 100% of the Module mark. This means there is only one summative assessment on this Module.
The Assessment is based on a health needs assessment (HNA) for a particular population in a chosen local area. The coursework requires you to identify, examine and analyse the health needs of a particular population in relation to relevant health determinants. Also, current healthcare service provision within a particular area (local authority) and then critique a resultant health needs assessment.

Interpret and discuss the health needs and current service provision. Using these as the evidence-base for drawing local area priorities and recommendations for intervention service design, planning, development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation in relation to the health needs of the respective population. Whilst you develop your work from existing HNA and public health reports. Think of your work as the latest and most updated evidence-based HNA report prepared for (or required by) commissioners in the local area to commission healthcare services for the chosen population.


In the Report, you should clearly underline the health needs of the chosen population. Also, through your suggested priorities and recommendations for service provision, show how these should be met. Your priorities and recommendations should take into account that your Report is to consider as the latest HNA for the chosen population in the chosen local area. Therefore, this should also take into consideration the challenges facing the local authority. Also, how these can be negotiated in order to implement your HNA more effectively in the local area in relation to the chosen population. As such, the Report priorities and recommendations provide the base for a comprehensive discussion on “how to make it happen”.

The Report should clearly discuss the epidemiologic context of health problem/s. Also, the health needs of the chosen population including the current service provision and utilisation by the population. This should underline and discuss clearly the health inequalities that exist and their determinants in relation to the chosen population. Think of what should be the local priorities for commissioners. Additionally, other local area stakeholders with interest in the HNA in relation to the chosen population.  Thus, the Report’s recommendations should show how the local area priorities can be achieved.

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