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, view the dashboard full-screen (by clicking the bottom right icon).

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.


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 5 - Place (pdf)

Historical JSNAs

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