The duty to undertake JSNA is set out in Section 116 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.
Healthy lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England states, GP consortia and local authorities, including Directors of Public Health, will each have an equal and explicit obligation to prepare the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and to do so through the arrangements made by the Health and Wellbeing Board. It is expected that the Health and Wellbeing boards will develop joint health and wellbeing strategies, based on the assessment of need outlined in their JSNA.
The JSNA can be described as an umbrella under which there a number of supporting needs assessments which help to shape the key priorities and recommendations. Combining everything into one document will make the JSNA too large to be effective as a commissioning tool.
Therefore the approach taken in Kent is to provide a summary of all recommendations and priorities identified within existing and emerging needs assessments for Kent.
Recent guidance 'Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: A Spring Board for Action' highlights best practice and its accompanying paper 'Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: Data inventory' published by the Local Government Improvement Agency, make suggestions for indicators and data items that the 'Health and Well Being Boards' may want to consider when writing the JSNA. The Data Inventory supercedes and expands on the JSNA Core Data Set published by the DH in 2008.
Health and Social Care Maps are district profiles which encompass a number of indicators around key themes, such as older people and children. These have been developed locally to support the JSNA.
This website presents detailed summaries of needs assessments by population group and disease headings. Click on the arrows in the banner headings below to expand the list.