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What is a JSNA?


In the Department of Health’s guidance on Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), it defines it as “describing the process that identifies the current and future health and wellbeing needs in light of existing services, and informs future service planning taking into account evidence of effectiveness”. It is meant to identify “the big picture” in terms of the health and wellbeing needs and inequalities of the local population to drive strategic direction.

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act (2007), placed a duty on Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities to produce a JSNA. Partnership working is key, with the ultimate responsibility for the JSNA falling jointly to the Directors of Public Health, Adult Social Services and Children’s Services but with a broader range of partners and stakeholders expected to be involved in its production and use.

The Health and Social Care Bill (2011), proposes that from April 2013, JSNAs will become the responsibility of the Local Authority, delivered through partnership Health and Wellbeing Boards. JSNAs will be vital in driving the direction of future Health and Wellbeing Strategies for local areas.

JSNAs are a shared resource for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, community organisations and service providers in understanding the health and wellbeing needs of the local population. The JSNA should guide the work of such groups when commissioning appropriate services to address the needs of the population and address any inequalities present.

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