The purpose of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is to analyse the current and future health and well-being needs of the local population to inform the commissioning of health, wellbeing and social care services. The JSNA aims to establish a shared, evidence-based consensus on the key local priorities across health and social care and is used to develop Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Commissioning Plans for the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Transformation Plans for the local Health Economy.
The Health & Well Being Board (HWB) is statutorily responsible for developing joint Health and Well Being Strategies based on the assessment of need outlined in Warwickshire’s JSNA. To find out more about Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, click on the tab at the top of the page.
JSNA stands for ‘Joint Strategic Needs Assessment’.
The term can be broken down as follows:
Joint – they are carried out jointly by health, local authorities and community and voluntary organisations to produce a picture of people’s needs and to help them work together to find answers to those needs.
Strategic –they identify the ‘big picture’ of the health and wellbeing needs and differences across Warwickshire. They do not try to find out the needs of individual people.
Needs –they set out to find what people require to help their health and wellbeing and to identify where these requirements are not being met.
Assessment – facts and figures, together with people’s knowledge, experience and opinions are used to find out what people’s current and future needs are. The JSNAs use a wide range of data collected from different sources including the Census, GPs, hospital admissions, social services, housing, police, leisure, education voluntary and community organisations.
The JSNA will help to achieve the following outcomes:
– Define achievable improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes for the local community;
– Target services and resources where there is most need;
– Support health and local authority commissioners;
– Deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes for the local community;
– Underpin the choice of local outcomes and targets.