Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

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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.



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.

JSNA Consultation

A consultation has been launched to seek views on draft guidance for Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs).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.


Joint event

JSNA National strategic guidance

JSNA Devon

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy- Devon

Clinical Commissioning Groups- Devon

Clinical Commissioning Groups- National

Marmot Review on health inequalities: “Fair Society, Healthy Lives” 2010

Department of Health consultations

NHS Constitution

Further resources