Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Data Inventory

This publication on JSNA: Data Inventory is a follow on from ‘JSNA: a springboard for action' produced by the Healthy Communities Programme.

Local councils and primary care trusts (PCTs) have been working together since 2008 on the development of Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The original JSNA guidance included a ‘core dataset' which many areas found useful as the starting point for their JSNA. Although the indicators that were included in the original core dataset are just as important now as they were in 2008 there is a wealth of additional information that may be relevant for inclusion in a JSNA. This additional information has been reflected in an updated version of the dataset.

No two areas are the same and so it is not possible to be prescriptive about what should be included in a JSNA. For this reason, in 2010 the Department of Health commissioned the public health observatory network to produce the updated dataset in the form of a data inventory. The inventory points towards relevant data sources across five domains and challenges the user to consider a broad range of information for inclusion in their JSNA. The final domain, ‘priorities for action' provides the user with advice about how to move from the JSNA as a collection of useful information about local need to a prioritised commissioning plan that outlines how the identified needs will be addressed.

See publication in full:
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - Data Inventory (PDF, 39 pages, 507KB)

and preceeding publication:
JSNA: a springboard for action (PDF, 48 pages, 619KB)

28 October 2011

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