Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is:
"a process that identifies current and future health and wellbeing needs of a local population, informing the priorities and targets set by Local Area Agreements and leading to agreed commissioning priorities that will improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities”
(Department of Health 2007).
It intends to identify “the big picture” in terms of the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population.
For several years in Brighton and Hove the Primary Care Trust and City Council have developed a joint approach to planning and delivering services. Since 2004 the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health has been produced jointly by the Primary Care Trust and City Council. Extending this approach, a joint steering group was established in 2009 to oversee the continued development of JSNA in the city.
An ongoing rolling programme of themed JSNA chapters is being taken forward and will form part of a JSNA portfolio of needs assessment resources.
Chapters may relate to:
A complementary data profile will also be produced for each chapter that will be updated as new data become available.
Each year, a JSNA summary setting out the main health and wellbeing needs of the city will be published. It is intended to inform the development of strategic planning and identification of local priorities.
An online JSNA resource for the city is available within the
Brighton and Hove Local Information Service (BHLIS).
From here you can access the JSNA portfolio, supporting data profiles, supporting evidence and further local data.
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