A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is the process through which public sector partners identify where best to invest their resources to reduce inequalities and secure the outcomes desired by the public they serve. It also provides the data and insight on which commissioning and delivery of health, wellbeing and social care services should be based.
The JNSA for NHS Bedfordshire & Central Bedfordshire Council was completed in 2010.
Since 2007, upper-tier local authorities and Primary Care Trusts have had a statutory duty to undertake a JSNA. As part of the NHS reforms, the current Health and Social Care Bill proposed the establishment of a statutory Health and Wellbeing Board in every upper tier local authority. The new Health and Wellbeing Board for Luton currently in shadow form has led on the production of the 2011 JSNA.
Every local authority and PCT in England, led by their Directors of Public Health, Adult Social Services, and Children’s Services, has developed a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) that identifies the health and wellbeing needs (and inequalities in those needs) of their local population. The JSNA will be used widely: to inform the Community Strategy and the Local Area Agreement for the area, and to underpin strategic commissioning plans of both council and PCT.
The JSNA builds upon (and should be read in conjunction with) other broad reaching assessments of the health and well‐being of the Milton Keynes public, such as the public health annual report. The key findings from those assessments have been summarised with web links to the full reports.
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment is for everyone who has an interest in and responsibility for improving services to better meet the health and wellbeing needs of the people of Northamptonshire, specifically providing evidence to inform the development of joint health and social care commissioning strategies to meet those needs. The JSNA focuses on evidence of need, evidence of what residents believe is important and evidence of what works.