Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) profile of the borough


According to the 2011 Census, there are over 90 different spoken and written languages used in Rochdale borough. 

The majority of people in the borough speak English but around 10% of Rochdale residents don't speak English as their first or main language. This includes people whose main or only language is British Sign Language. 

How language impacts our health

If you don't speak the native language of your country or you don't know the language very well, it means you're unlikely to be aware of all the health services available to you. It can also present issues when you try to tell doctors about your health problems. Not speaking a native language may also create a lack of communication and socialising in general. 

Poor language skills in adulthood, therefore, are often linked with ill-health and poor self-management of long-term conditions. 

Caring for patients with limited English can be stressful, time-consuming and risky. This leads to unsatisfactory outcomes for both the patient and the health service professionals. 

Therefore, it's important for us to look at the languages in Rochdale borough so we can plan our health services effectively, for example, whether we need to use interpretation and translation services.

Statistics on language