Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) profile of the borough


Deprivation covers a range of issues. It refers to any needs that aren’t met because of a lack of resources of all kinds, not just financial resources.

How is deprivation measured?

We measure deprivation in an area using the English indices of deprivation which looks at 7 factors to decide if an area is deprived or not. These factors are: 

  • Income
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Crime
  • Education
  • Barriers to housing services
  • Living environment

We use these 7 factors to calculate the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD 2015). The IMD 2015 gives the overall measure of deprivation experienced by the people who live in that area.

Why deprivation impacts our health

Studies show that people who live in deprived areas usually have poorer health and use healthcare more often than people who live in less deprived areas.

The health needs of Rochdale borough are shaped by deprivation. We have more health problems and poorer life expectancy. Not all areas of the borough are deprived and people living in the least deprived areas of the borough usually have better health.

Statistics on deprivation