What is the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment?

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) looks at the current and future health and care needs of local populations to inform and guide the planning and commissioning (buying) of health, well-being and social care services within a local authority area.


  • Is concerned with wider social factors that have an impact on people’s health and wellbeing, such as housing, poverty and employment.

  • Looks at the health of the population, with a focus on behaviours which affect health such as smoking, diet and exercise.

  • Provides a common view of health and care needs for the local community

  • Identifies health inequalities

  • Provides evidence of effectiveness for different health and care interventions

  • Documents current service provision

  • Identifies gaps in health and care services, documenting unmet needs

Who is the JSNA for?

The main audience for the JSNA are health and social care commissioners who use it to plan services.

It can also be used by the voluntary and community sector to ensure that community needs and views are represented, by service providers to assist in the future development of their services, and by the public to scrutinise local health and wellbeing information, plans and commissioning recommendations.

Who is involved in producing the JSNA in Sutton

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 local Health and Wellbeing Boards are responsible for producing the JSNA. Health and Wellbeing Boards will collaborate to understand their local community’s needs, agree priorities and encourage organisations involved in health and care to work in a more joined up way.

Health and Wellbeing Boards also produce the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, to address the needs identified in the JSNA. This strategy sets out the health and wellbeing priorities for the board. Sutton's Health and Wellbeing Strategy is available here