The Islington Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment?
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) describes the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the Islington population and helps with the identification of future priorities for action. The JSNA is not just about health and social care services; it reflects the many factors that can affect the health and wellbeing of an individual and a population. Illustrating that health inequality cannot be addressed by looking at health and health services alone.
Why have a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and who is responsible for it?
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a statutory obligation and the recent Health and Social Care Act continues to acknowledge its role in informing the priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Board, outlining the responsibilities of the Local Authority and Clinical Commisioning Group to collaborate in its production.
The ultimate aim of the JSNA is for the information gathered to identify local priorities and support commissioners to commission services and interventions that will achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes.
Within Islington the JSNA is undertaken in partnership by Islington CCG, Islington Council, and a wide range of stakeholders including the voluntary and community sector representatives.