Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

What is a JSNA?

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is the means by which the local health economy, local authorities and third sector organisations work together to understand the future health, care and well-being needs of their community. The JSNA aims to support action to improve local people's wellbeing by ensuring that services meet their needs. It is designed to inform and drive future investment priorities and thereby help to plan services more effectively.


What are the roles of the Health and Well Being Boards?

The Health and Social care Act 2012 establishes health and wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.

Amongst other duties, the Boards will bring together clinical commissioning groups and councils to develop a shared understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the community. They will undertake the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and develop a joint strategy for how these needs can be best addressed. This will include recommendations for joint commissioning and integrating services across health and care.


JSNA Chapters

The JSNA is organised into several chapters, each presented as an interactive dashboard with multiple pages. Clicking on charts and maps will grant more information and filter the dashboard data. For the best experience, please view the dashboards full-screen by clicking the bottom right icon on each.

This is page is currently under development with new JSNA chapters being released over the coming weeks. Previous JSNA chapters can be accessed through the Publications page.

Chapter 1 - Health & Wellbeing in Walsall

This chapter contains information about Walsall's Population, Ethnic composition, Life expectancy, Healthy Life Expectancy and Population Density.


Chapter 2 - Healthy Start

This chapter contains information about Child Birth and Child development in Walsall, through Fertility Rates, Birth Weight, Mother's Age, Educational Attainment and Vulnerable Children.


Chapter 3 - Adult Wellbeing

This chapter contains information about the wellbeing of Walsall Adults through Obesity, Physical Activity, Smoking Cessation, Drugs & Alcohol and Walsall's Making Connections service.


Chapter 4 - Ageing Well

This chapter contains information about Walsall's population maintaining healthy lives as they age, by looking at NHS Health Checks, Diabetes, Falls, Premature Mortality and the Safeguarding and Care for vulnerable residents.


Chapter 5 - Place

This chapter contains information about Walsall as a Place, through Air Quality, Safe & Sustainable Travel, Parks, Allotments, Leisure Centres, Crime & Fire statistics.


Supplementary Chapter 7 - COVID-19

The dashboard below provides the latest available figures on COVID-19 in Walsall. It includes the number of positive cases, tests carried out, deaths of people within 28 days of a positive test, admissions to hospitals and intensive care units as well as COVID-19 vaccination rates in Walsall.

The dashboard is updated every Tuesday by the public health team. If you are interested in seeing more data you can view the government data dashboard which has both national and local data.

PDF Copies

Each dashboard is also available as a static PDF file, which can be downloaded through the following links:

Chapter 1 - Health & Wellbeing download (pdf)

Chapter 2 - Healthy Start (pdf)

Chapter 3 - Adult Wellbeing (pdf)

Chapter 4 - Ageing Well (pdf)

Chapter 5 - Place (pdf)

Historical JSNAs

Previous JSNAs can be accessed through the Publications page (please click this link)