The purpose of a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment is to:
- Describe the local community’s current and future health, independence and wellbeing needs. It is a high level needs assessment that provides local commissioners with a wealth of quantitative and qualitative data that clearly describes the key issues for the local population;
- Provide information so that commissioners are enabled to set strategic priorities and formulate solutions for service delivery and redesign to reduce inequalities and improve health and wellbeing outcomes;
- Highlight local issues based on the analysis of the available information. It identifies where needs are not being met describing these as themes for action;
- Look at information and trends and provide an insight into the years ahead.
The JSNA comprises of a series of reports which encompass a wide range of topics. The Greenwich JSNA website presents this information in two formats: summary reports and in-depth reports. Summary reports are based on the health and wellbeing priorities for Greenwich and are combined into three key areas:
- Wider determinants of health – the underlying social, economic and environmental factors impacting on health and wellbeing of individuals
- Major risk factors – the individual lifestyle or behavioural risk factors impacting on ill health and disease in the borough
- Major health conditions – the health conditions which could be prevented or delayed through lifestyle interventions
Each key priority area has its own page with summary information for the indicators included in that priority. The diagram below presents the content of these pages. All in-depth reports are stored on the Key Documents page.
JSNA is an ongoing process where a wide range of information and data are reviewed on a regular basis and updated as and when new information/statistics become available.