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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

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.

What is the role of the Health and Well Being Boards?

The Health and Social care Act 2012 establishes 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 the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and develop a joint strategy for how these needs can be best addressed. This will include recommendations for joint commissioning and integrating services across health and care.

You can find the latest update from Sandwell's Health and Wellbeing Board here.

For more information, visit the Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board website.

Sandwell JSNA 2012- Strategic Priorities

The Health and Wellbeing Board agreed in January 2012 nine Joint Strategic Needs Assessment priority themes. The board publised the final Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy in May 2012 and agreed how the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment work will be aligned in the longer-term Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Click the link to download the current Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-2020

Click the link to see the nine JSNA priority themes

Sandwell JSNA

The current Sandwell JSNA work programme includes the following:

1. Frail Older people    (summary)

2. Environment and health in Sandwell 2013    (summary)

3. Learning disabilities 2014    (summary)

4. Long Term Conditions 2014    (summary)

5. Alcohol JSNA - needs across the lifecourse 2013

A summary of the needs across the lifecourse in relation to alcohol was presented to the Sandwell Health and Well Being Board in 2013. This is intended to lead to further Alcohol JSNA work.

6. Sandwell Children and Young People JSNA 2014 (0 to 19 Years)

7. Children and Young People Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health JSNA 2016

8. Childrens 0 to 4 Years JSNA 2017

9. Adult Mental Health & Wellbeing JSNA 2017   (Executive Summary)

10. Children and Young People JSNA 5 to 19 Years (2017)

Sandwell Health and Well Being intelligence

Data and intelligence on health and the determinants of health often form the core of a JSNA.

Click the links below to be redirected to relevant topic pages on Sandwell Trends that contain data and intelligence relevant the JSNA issues.

Public health topic pages 

Health Portal

Healthy Community Profiles

Public health and other outcome frameworks tool data

Outcome frameworks tool

Other Sandwell Trends topic pages 

Children and Young People Portal


Child Poverty

Previous JSNA for Sandwell

Archive Documents

Topic-Based JSNA Chapters (2010-2011) 

External data sources to inform JSNA issues

There are many national web resources that provide valuable data and intelligence that can inform a JSNA programme.  Click the link below to be redirected to some of the most relevant pages on the web


Research Sandwell - Local Intelligence and Consultation