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What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment?

Northamptonshire’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, or JSNA, is a process that looks at the current and future health, care and wellbeing needs of Northamptonshire residents to inform and guide the planning and commissioning of health, wellbeing and social care services.  The JSNA in Northamptonshire brings together information from many different sources and partners relating to the population of Northamptonshire.

The responsibility for compiling a JSNA is shared between Northamptonshire County Council and Nene and Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups via the Health and Wellbeing Board.  The Department of Health has provided a statutory guidance document for JSNA’s.

The JSNA is intended to do the following;

  • Investigate wider social factors that have an impact on health and wellbeing, factors such as poverty, housing and employment
  • Look at the health of the population, what behaviours affect health and wellbeing such as smoking, diet and exercise
  • Provide a common overview of health and care needs for the local community
  • Identify health inequalities
  • Provide evidence of effectiveness of health and care interventions
  • Document current service provision
  • Identify gaps in health and social services and unmet needs.

The JSNA takes information and data relating to the population, for example population numbers, levels of smoking, life expectancy and causes of mortality, and captures, collates, analyses and interprets this population-level data.  The process can be driven by looking at data; stakeholder, key informant, patient and service user views; and comparisons between and within different areas.

Who is the JSNA for?

The main audience for JSNA are health and social care commissioners, however it is intended to be used by a wide variety of people and groups to prepare bids and business cases, to ensure voluntary and community groups can meet their community’s needs and represent their views, to assist in the future development of services and to access local health and wellbeing information, plans and commissioning recommendations.

The JSNA is a continuous process and is updated as additional information becomes available.


All documents relating to the JSNA are available in the resources area of the JSNA Assessment Theme.

2017 Documents
2016 Documents
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2014 Documents
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