Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Title of driver: Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Source: Department of Health

Link to main document

Publication format: PDF

Date of publication: December 2007

Summary of driver: The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 requires PCTs and local authorities to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of the health and wellbeing of their local community. . It describes the stages of the process, including stakeholder involvement, engaging with communities and recommendations on timing and linking with other strategic plans. It also contains guidance on using JSNA to inform local commissioning, publishing and feedback. The duty commenced on April 1st 2008

Key features of driver:

  • Understanding the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the population, both long and short term informing Local Area Agreements and strategic planning.
  • Commissioning services and interventions that will achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce inequalities.
  • A continuous process
  • Unique to locality
  • Process underpinned by partnership working, community engagement, and evidence of effectiveness

Primary audience: Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Commissioners

Impact on library policy/practice: Libraries can support decision making process providing access to evidence base.

Case studies / Local service profile examples mapping to this driver: ‘None currently’

Date last updated: 22nd June 2011

Due for review: 22nd June 2012

Group member responsible: Michael Cook



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