The purpose of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs) is to improve the health and wellbeing results of the local community and reduce inequalities for all ages. This guidance is especially important as under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, JSNAs and JHWSs will form the basis of clinical commissioning groups, the NHS Commissioning Board and local authority commissioning plans, across all local health, social care, public health and children’s services.
The purpose of the guidance is to support health and wellbeing boards and their partners by:
- laying out duties, which underpin JSNAs and JHWSs to be undertaken by CCGs and local authorities through health and wellbeing boards from April 2013
- explaining how JSNAs and JHWSs will fit together with commissioning plans in the modernised health and care system
- setting out how the JSNA and JHWS process will enable the NHS and local government to make real improvements to the health and wellbeing of local people
*[JHWSs}: Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies