Divya Patel, Senior Public Health Epidemiologist
Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) have been a statutory responsibility jointly held by upper tier local authorities and the NHS since 2007. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 upper tier local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were given equal and joint responsibility to produce JSNAs.
Over the last year the JSNA had highlighted issues around: smoking in pregnancy; violent crime; and self-harm.
The aim of a JSNA is to provide an evidence base that identifies issues in relation to current and future health, well-being and care. To ensure JSNAs remain relevant and are able to inform strategy and service commissioning a review of the data provided was timely.
The children’s data had already been refreshed in line with the strategy and delivery plan. It was necessary to review the adult JSNA data and Board Members agreed that this review should mirror the process followed for the children’s data.
It was suggested that the review could be undertaken by a working group, with an initial meeting being followed by virtual information sharing and discussion.
a) a working group be established to identify priorities for, and oversee production of, the JSNA. Members will be emailed after the meeting to seek nominations to the working group;
b) a H&WB member lead the working group. Members to be contacted after the meeting to seek nominations;
c) the issues highlighted to the Board over the last year be noted.