Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) are the means by which local leaders work together to understand and agree the needs of all local people, with the joint health and wellbeing strategy setting the priorities for collective action. Taken together they will be the pillars of local decision-making, focusing leaders on the priorities for action and providing the evidence base for decisions about local services [Department for Health (2011). Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and joint health and wellbeing strategies explained - commissioning for populations].
Devon, Plymouth, and archived Torbay JSNAs, are available below:
Needs assessments and overviews are at a population level or for groups within the population. They do not assess the needs of the individual.
These needs assessments are aimed at policy and decision makers to help understand population need and commission services accordingly. This evidence can also be used to aid funding bid applications.