Joint Strategic Assessment (JSNA) AND Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs)

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs)

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an assessment of health and social care needs of local populations that then informs and guides local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local partners in the planning and commissioning of services in the local area.

A Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) is a strategy (plan) for meeting the needs identified in JSNAs.

Both JSNAs and JHWSs, are prepared by local authorities and CCGs and are unique to each local area. The Health and Wellbeing Boards, however, have overall responsibility for these.

JSNAs provide analyses of data to show the health and wellbeing status of local communities, define where inequalities exist, provide information on local community views and evidence of effectiveness of existing interventions which will help to shape future plans for services and make specific recommendations based on the information and evidence collected.

Health and Wellbeing Boards can request relevant information from members and other organisations when preparing JSNAs or JHWSs and they have a duty to supply the information.

The JHWSs should explain what health and wellbeing priorities the Health and Wellbeing Board has set. They should be available for download from your local authority.

To see the Kings Fund Health and Wellbeing Board directory which includes contact details of local Health and Wellbeing Boards, the relevant Clinical Commissioning Group for that contact, links to the Healthwatch websites, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment websites, the Health and Wellbeing Strategy websites and the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment websites go here:

For more information on JSNAs go to:

To find your local authority go here:


Last updated: 16/05/17