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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

Offering you a range of tools and information resources to help complete your Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

What is a JSNA?

PCTs and local authorities are required to produce a JSNA of the health and well being of their local community. This is a requirement of The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The introduction of the JSNA and World class commissioning (WCC) marks a sea-change in the way in which the Department of Health (DH) requires Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs), PCTs and Local Authorities (LAs) to consider the needs of their local populations and in how they respond with effective commissioning of services to properly meet those needs. The needs of populations span NHS and LAs, for example the joined up provision of stroke care services, and coordinated approaches to obesity and physical activity. Current policies aim to ensure that services are provided more flexibly, better supporting the needs of local communities, and are more effective at targeting the causes of health problems by intervening at much earlier stages. In order to support this challenging agenda it is essential to have a clear understanding of the needs of the whole population and the wider determinants of health, from both the perspective of the NHS and the LA.

How are we involved with JSNA?

Through three work streams:

1. The JSNA core data set

We are working with the Eastern Region Public health Observatory (ERPHO) to revise the current JSNA core data set.

2. JSNA indicators

Via our National Adult Social care Intelligence Service (NASCIS), we are providing key JSNA indicators covering domains including demography, social and environmental context, lifestyle and risk factors, burden of ill-health and services.

3. Best practice

We are working with a group of nine field site LSPs and The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) to share best practice guidance and examples.

What are the benefits of JSNA?

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment looks at the wider determinants of health, working with PCTs, LAs and third sector providers.

A JSNA data set provides powerful indicators to establish current and future health needs of your local population. This in turn, supports better targeting of interventions to reduce health inequalities.

For PCTs, last year's world class commissioning panel assessments showed that the JSNA is a vital component of the world class commissioning competencies. With PCTs producing a JSNA to a high standard, typically achieve highly across these competencies.

Join the JSNA forum 

Join the JSNA online community below to investigate the subject further with discussions, best practice and working examples from the JSNA community.

If you are already a member of the communities of practice JSNA forum please log in here (external link).

If you are not a member and wish to join in please register (external link). This will redirect you to the 'Communities of Practice' discussion forums hosted by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA). Here you will be able to search for the JSNA forum and register your details to read and post comments, discover how others are sharing best practice and their approach to the JSNA.

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