New approach to Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

At its meeting on the 22 March, the Health & Wellbeing Board endorsed a new ‘place-based’ approach to the delivery of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

The JSNA provides the evidence base for understanding the needs of the local population. It is used to inform the Health & Wellbeing Strategy, along with specific commissioning decisions.

The current work programme, approved by the Health & Wellbeing Board in 2015, is now complete and focused on a number of priority themes (such as carers, children looked after, CAMHs and smoking). The next programme of work will focus on understanding need on a geographical basis. This is in line with the requirement to inform the Proactive & Preventative element of the STP and the out of hospital programme, which seeks to build integrated services around populations of around 30,000 – 50,000. Transformation programmes relating to both adult and children’s services are also based on the need to understand service needs at a more local level.

Work is now underway to develop the geographical areas that will be used in this work. Once this is complete, a set of profiles will be produced to provide a statistical overview of each area. This will then be followed by the production of detailed needs assessments for each area, enabling Health & Wellbeing partners to commission the most appropriate services for each locality.

Further updates will be provided as the work develops. For more information on the place-based approach to the JSNA, please contact

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