Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) are assessments of the current and future health and social care needs of the local community (Department of Health, 2013).
They aim to highlight needs and assets around topics of joint strategic importance, providing recommendations for action to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.
Health and Wellbeing Boards have a statutory duty to produce JSNAs, and they should be used to inform the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
The Local Authority and Integrated Care Board (ICB) have a equal and joint responsibility to prepare the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) through the Health and Wellbeing Board. The Board uses the JSNA to agree priorities in order to develop the Health & Wellbeing Strategy. The Strategy will, in turn, help to shape local health and social care commissioning plans.
The JSNA in Nottinghamshire undergoes an annual prioritisation process to determine and agree the workplan for the upcoming year. This process is overseen by the JSNA steering group. Historically our JSNA chapters have followed a chapter format but we are currently reviewing this and considering additional JSNA related products for development.
The Health and Wellbeing Board also has a statutory responsibility to to assess needs for pharmaceutical services in its area and publish a statement of its assessment. This is known as the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) which you can find here.