The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 specifies that local authorities and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) must produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of the health and wellbeing of the local community. The production of the JSNA requires engagement with those who will use health and social care services, and collaboration with partners such as the voluntary and community sector to improve health outcomes through commissioning and delivery of services.
Stages of this process within the Department of Health JSNA guidance include :
- stakeholder involvement
- engaging with communities
- suggestions on timing and linking with other strategic plans
- core dataset
- guidance on utilising JSNAs.
- How can the voluntary and community sector influence JSNA? (90kb PDF file)
- Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: A springboard for action (620kb PDF file)
- Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and joint health and wellbeing strategies explained (180kb PDF file)
- Culturally responsive JSNAs: A review of race equality and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) practice (1.13MB PDF file)
- Local Government Association (external website)
- Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (external website)
These pages provide information and toolkits on completing a JSNA.
This site provides information on housing related support for through the JSNA.
This paper from NAVCA looks at way of ensuring effective voluntary and community sector input into joint strategic needs assessments, local needs analysis and strategic commissioning processes.
A consultation has been launched to seek views on draft guidance for Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs).
The guidance aims to support boards and their partners by:
The consultation, supporting documents and further information are available from the Department of Health (external website).
Race Equality Foundation and FaithAction (external website) piloted a project focused on JSNA and effective local reach and understanding in Liverpool and Exeter during Summer/Autumn 2012.
These events were titled “Being Heard: Effective Involvement in local health and social care for the voluntary sector” and designed and created by Felicity Smith and Farah Islam-Barrett.
- JSNA presentation, Farah Islam-Barrett & Felicity Smith (566kb PDF)
- Final report of JSNA pilot project for local reach: Being heard (314kb PDF)
JSNA National strategic guidance
- Culturally responsive JSNAs (1.13mb PDF file)
- Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies explained (external website)
- JSNA information resources for voluntary sector (external website)
- Devon overview (external website)
- Exeter profile (external website)
- 2011 JSNA profiles for 29 towns in Devon (external website)
- Devon JSNA and Joint Health and Wellbeing (external website)
- Glossary of terms for JSNA (external website)
- Community Health and Wellbeing Profiles (page including links all GP Practices, town profiles, NHS Locality Profiles, Local Authority profiles) (external website)
Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy- Devon
Clinical Commissioning Groups- Devon
- Map – CCGs Devon 2012 (external website)
- Map – CCG Localities Devon 2012 (external website)
- Map – CCG Sub-localities (external website)
Clinical Commissioning Groups- National
Marmot Review on health inequalities: “Fair Society, Healthy Lives” 2010
- Marmot Review brief overview (external website)
- Marmot Review Article: How to bridge Britain’s divide between health and wealth (external website)
- Marmot Review Executive Summary and abstract (external website)
- Marmot Review “Two Years on Data” 2012 (external website)
Department of Health consultations
- Securing best value for NHS patients – Requirements for commissioners to adhere to good procurement practice and protect patient choice (external website)
- Consultation on new licensing regime for providers of NHS services (external website)
- NHS Constitution:Perception, use and value in black and minority ethnic communities, Race Equality Foundation
- The NHS Constitution: Fact or Fiction, The Patients Association (external website)