Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is required under the 2007 Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill and is also enshrined in the current Health and Social Care Bill and Public Health White Paper ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’. Our JSNA is built on strong partnership working and is the means by which Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset will describe the future health, care and wellbeing needs of the local population and the strategic direction to meet those needs.
In 2011, a full JSNA was published for Somerset and consisted of several separate sections (downloadable below). In 2012, as part of our policy of continually assessing needs in the county, we have refreshed and updated the evidence and key issues facing the people and organisations in Somerset, and also started the process to include additional information required under the Equality Act 2010.
The JSNA is underpinned by a comprehensive set of data, further supported by a range of strategic reports and needs assessments carried out by partner organisations. Data can be accessed via INFORM Somerset, in which indicators are constantly being added and updated. Most of the supporting documents, along with previous JSNAs, can also be accessed below.
Information in the JSNA will be refreshed on an ongoing basis, with new sections added to focus on topical issues.
Evidence to support commissioning decision-making needs to be as up-to-date as possible. Therefore, while the main JSNA documents are updated each year, supporting documents and indicators are constantly refreshed in this section of the website.
They are set out under broad themes although some documents can cut across more than one theme.
If you feel there is something that is not here and ought to be included, please let us know.
In addition to indidvidual JSNA reports we have also been collating a wider set of documents that are relevant and help support the work of the JSNA.
Priority Area Report 2011 [pdf / 6.10MB].This report forms the first part of the 2011 JSNA. It identifies the parts of Somerset experiencing the greatest challenges to health and wellbeing, using Priority Scores. These Wards and Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are identified within the county as a whole and also within each of the five districts.
Online Somerset Health and Wellbeing profiles [pdf / 1.63MB] There are a number of profiles available on the internet describing the health and wellbeing status of populations. This is a summary of them for Somerset and its districts.
Somerset JSNA 2011 Supporting Documents Review [pdf / 208KB]This document contains brief synopses of the many reports, assessments and strategies which have informed the 2011 JSNA.
GP Federation Profiles. These documents aim to aid Federations in the identification of health needs, priority areas and potential service interventions that could be commissioned or provided. The information, together with other data held within the Federation, can then be used as a rudimentary health needs assessment and could be used to inform
decisions within the Federation. A series of prompts and questions have been added to the bottom of some pages. These are designed to aid the interpretation of the data provided and enable the reader to draw conclusions about health needs, priority groups and areas for action.
Other Supporting documents
Equality Act (Protected Characteristics) Focus:
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