Joint Strategic Needs Assessments

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) are local assessments of current and future health and social needs, unique to each local area.

They are not an end in themselves but a continuous process of strategic assessment and planning. They help determine what actions local authorities, local Clinical Commissioning Groups and other partners need to take to meet local health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on health and wellbeing.

The aim of a JSNA is to accurately assess the current and future health and social care needs and assets of a local population. This aims to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and also reduce health inequalities within and between communities.

There are direct relationships between Health and Wellbeing Boards, Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS) and Joint Strategic Needs Assessments.

Each local Health and Wellbeing Board must develop a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) to meet the needs identified in JSNAs. This focuses on a few broad strategic priorities areas that will make an impact on the local health economy. These priority areas will then inform local commissioning intentions.

Engaging with the voluntary and community sector, with stakeholders and with the community is key to making JSNAs and JHWS more relevant and reflect local needs.


Kingston JSNAs

In 2013 Kingston adopted a new process for the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, enabling a wide range of stakeholders and partners to formally put a request in for a Needs Assessment to be carried out.

14 submissions were received, including 5 from local voluntary organisations. The assessments which were prioritised last year and are currently being undertaken are Autism in Adults, Fuel Poverty, Mental Health, Violence Against Women and Carers.

The JSNA Working Group is continuing this approach this year to ensure topic areas chosen in Kingston are done so in a transparent, meaningful and evidence based way.

If you wish to submit a topic you can complete a JSNA Needs Assessment submission request form and return by email titled JSNA NA REQUEST.

Deadline: 31 January 2015.


JSNA in action

 Image of how JSNA works

A briefing paper from NHS Confederation, published in August 2014, provides some useful case studies of where the sector has contributed to developing local JSNAs.


Patricia Turner
Health & Social Care Manager

020 8255 3335