Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and knowing your community (JSNA) and origins

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment came from the Social Care Green Paper ‘Independence, wellbeing and choice.' It was reinforced in the Health White Paper, ‘Our health, Our Care, Our say.'

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 specifies that local authorities and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of the health and wellbeing of the local community. Consultation responses on the Commissioning Framework for Health and Wellbeing asked for clearer instruction on undertaking JSNA.

The JSNA guidance - linked to below - ties in with the statutory guidance ‘Creating Strong, Safe and Prosperous Communities and works as a toolkit for local partners carrying out JSNA. The stages of the process are described. These include:

  • stakeholder involvement
  • engaging with communities
  • suggestions on timing and linking with other strategic plans
  • core dataset
  • guidance on utilising JSNA to provide insight into local commissioning, publishing and feedback

Read the full JSNA Guidance on the Department of Health website.

22 January 2012

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