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JSNA and Health & Wellbeing Boards - Why Should I Get Involved?

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An existing statutory duty since 2007, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) has been given a 'strengthened' role in the new health and care system. JSNA is a key duty of the new Health and Wellbeing Boards that will come into operation in April 2012.

New Health and Wellbeing Boards

Local authorities must have a Health and Wellbeing Board operating effectively in by April 2012.The Boards will operate in shadow form in 2012-13 and will take on their Statutory functions from April 2013.

Health and Wellbeing Boards will bring together clinical commissioning groups and councils to develop a shared understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the community.

Health and Wellbeing Boards, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will have a duty to prepare a JSNA and Health and Wellbeing strategy as a jointly agreed and locally determined set of priorities on which to clearly base their commissioning plans and decisions.

To find out more about Health and Wellbeing Boards, their role and membership go to

Download Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and joint health and wellbeing strategies explained (PDF 180Kb)

JSNA, joint health and wellbeing strategies and aligned commissioning plans will determine local service provision. They are designed to enable individuals and communities to lead healthier lives and have a better experience of a more responsive  health and care system.

New draft Guidance issued in January 2012 emphasises again the ‘vital role’ of the voluntary sector, local people and communities and the Compact in JSNA.

Funded by the Department of Health, this site provides:

  • Shadow Health and Wellbeing Boards
  • Voluntary Sector Organisations
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Local Commissioners
  • LINKs and HealthWatch

With a range of tools, briefings and good practice case studies to help you engage in JSNA. It also enables local commissioners to access the  intelligence and expertise of more than 300,000 voluntary sector organisations through the Department of Health Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme and links to wider work done on JSNA in partnership with the LGID.

(This page was last updated March 2012)