Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs) are about the NHS, local government and communities working together to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce inequalities. The Department has worked with stakeholders to develop and refine draft guidance to support health and wellbeing boards in preparing their JSNAs and JHWSs, and this is now published for consultation.
The purpose of the guidance is to support boards and their partners by:
- laying out the statutory duties, which underpin the undertaking of JSNAs and JHWSs by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities through health and wellbeing boards from April 2013.
- explaining how JSNAs, JHWSs and commissioning plans fit together in the modernised health and care system.
- setting out how an enhanced JSNA process and JHWS will enable the NHS and local government, working with their community and partner organisations, to make real improvements to the health and wellbeing of local people.
Views are sought on the guidance and should be submitted by Friday 28 September.
Staying in touch
If you are a member of the ‘National Learning Network for health and wellbeing boards’ online community, you may wish to check the Knowledge Hub for related discussions taking place in the forum and to find out how shadow boards are developing their draft JSNAs and JHWSs.
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