What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)?

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) aims to describe the current and future health, care and wellbeing needs of the local population and to inform the local Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The purpose of the JSNA process  is to:

  • Provide local and national data analyses and evidence to show the health and wellbeing status of local communities.
  • Describe and illustrate gaps in health status, outcomes and experience.
  • Provide information on local community views and evidence of effectiveness of existing interventions which will help to shape future plans for services.
  • Highlight key findings based on the information and evidence collected.
  • Inform the local Health and Wellbeing Board as to the content of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Where can I find the most recent JSNA reports?

You can find the most recent JSNA reports, across a number of themes, in our Document Library and on the adjacent page titled Published Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA).  Also within the Document Library and on the page titled Published Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) you’ll find a summary of all the detailed themed JSNA reports to 2016 and a 2017 JSNA core dataset summarising key local data for the population.

What are Health and Wellbeing Strategies?

Health and wellbeing strategies (HWBS)  aim to address the needs identified in JSNAs. As with JSNAs, the local HWBS is owned by the Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Board. They describe the priorities the Health and Wellbeing Board has agreed on in order to tackle the needs identified in the JSNAs. Cambridgeshire’s HWBS can be found on page “Health and Wellbeing Strategy” or in the Published Joint Strategic Needs Assessment page.

Consultation on joint strategic needs assessments and joint health and wellbeing strategy guidance

Proposals for the duties of health and wellbeing boards are published by the Department of Health. The draft guidance provides a framework for NHS and local government to work together to undertake joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) and joint health and wellbeing strategies (JHWS).

The Department of Health has published the final statutory guidance on JSNAs and JHWSs. The final guidance, response to the consultation and supporting documents can be found here.
To further support health and wellbeing boards and local partners with their JSNAs and JHWSs, a suite of sector-led wider resources is available on the LGA Knowledge Hub.