Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Sandwell

What is a JSNA?

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is the means by which the local health economy, local authorities and third sector organisations work together to understand the future health, care and well-being needs of their community. The JSNA aims to support action to improve local people's well-being by ensuring that services meet their needs. It is designed to inform and drive future investment priorities and thereby help to plan services more effectively.

Sandwell's Health and Wellbeing Board and the JSNA

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established health and wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve  the health  and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.

Amongst other duties, the Boards will bring together clinical commissioning groups and councils to develop a shared understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the community.  They will undertake a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment programme and develop a joint strategy for how these needs can be best addressed.  This will include recommendation for joint commissioning and integrating services across health and care.

Sandwell Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - Work Programmes & Reports

Future Work Programme - 2018/19

Public Health Sandwell's future JSNA programme will provide an online interactive data collection aligned with Sandwell Council's local Public Health priorities and 2030 vision ambitions.  This programme will deliver the latest data, provided through Sandwell Trends, the Council's local intelligence system. 

Key Principles:

Current  & continuous – we will put in place a rolling programme of review and refresh as new data and evidence becomes available.

Accessible – we will continue to make the JSNA available to all stakeholders by publishing on Sandwell Trends.  We will work with partners and the Health and Wellbeing Board to fill any gaps in our knowledge by identifying new topic areas or undertaking calls for evidence to ensure the JSNA remains relevant.

Partner driven & shared responsibility – the JSNA is a shared evidence base and not the sole responsibility of one organisation or directorate, therefore partnership working is crucial to the success of the JSNA.

Embedded – for the JSNA to be effective it needs to be embedded within organisational processes and for there to be a clear link between the use of the JSNA and the council's 2030 Vision.  

Public Health Sandwell, JSNA Programme 2018/19 - Timescales