Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The JSNA is a continuous process which provides information on health and well-being in order to inform decision making.

Improving the public's health and reducing inequalities

The Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 has a duty to undertake Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The JSNA is a continuous process which provides information on health and well-being in order to inform decision making.

The JSNA facilitates the improvement of health and well-being and the reduction of inequalities for the local community. It is used to determine what actions local authorities, the NHS, and other partners need to take to meet people's health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on their health and well-being.

The focus of Worcestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy for 2022 to 2032 is on good mental health and wellbeing, supported by action in areas that we all need to be well in Worcestershire which are: healthy living at all ages; safe, thriving and healthy homes, communities and places; and quality local jobs and opportunities.

As well as providing updates on these topics the JSNA highlights a number of emerging issues that are a challenge for Worcestershire. 

Worcestershire Insights

Worcestershire Insights is a free and open website designed so that users can easily access local data relevant to Worcestershire. 

COVID-19 Information Dashboards

Please note: some data on these Power BI dashboards is currently not fully compatible with screen readers.

JSNA Publications by topic

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Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Findings from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and public consultation are used to produce a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy through Worcestershire's Health and Wellbeing Board.

Director of Public Health Reports

Directors of Public Health in England have a statutory requirement to write an Annual Public Health Report on the health of their population.

The Director of Public Health Annual Report (PDF) is a vehicle for informing local people about the health of their community, as well as providing necessary information for decision makers in local health services and authorities on health gaps and priorities that need to be addressed.

Worcestershire County Economic Summary

Each month the Research team produce the Worcestershire County Economic Summary which looks at the latest unemployment figures, economic news and indicators, and unemployment data. Find out more information on the Economic Summary.

Health Impact Assessment in Planning Toolkit

A Health Impact Assessment is an assessment which ensures that the effect of development on both health and health inequalities of the local population are considered and responded to during the planning process. 

In March 2015, the Worcestershire Health Improvement Group, a sub-group of the Health and Well-being Board, adopted the development of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) as a tool for use in influencing the planning process across Worcestershire. Since then, the Public Health team is supporting Worcestershire County Council (WCC) to enable Local Planning Authorities to take this approach forward through policy and delivery routes.

A Health Impact Assessment in Planning Toolkit has been developed to enable planners to embed health impact considerations in their practice.  

The Toolkit aims to aid the preparation of HIAs in planning related projects, including the development of planning policy and planning applications. It provides guidance on the HIA process and demonstrates how it can be used. It also helps to identify aspects of the built environment which impact the health of Worcestershire's residents. 

Useful Websites and Public Health Evidence

The following external websites contain useful information relating to health and wellbeing:

Public Health Evidence websites

  • NICE Evidence Search - provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.
  • Cochrane Library - is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  Cochrane systematic reviews are considered “gold standard” evidence. 
  • Social Care Online- is the UK's largest online database of information on all aspects of social work and social care. It includes legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, research briefings, UK grey (informally-published) literature, books, text books and journal articles.
  • Campbell Collaboration - is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in Crime & Justice, Education, International Development, and Social Welfare
  • Health Systems Evidence - is a repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems. 
  • Worcestershire County Council Search Strategy - This search strategy can be used to help guide and document data and evidence searches for specific projects. It is not intended to be over-prescriptive or to be worked through systematically if some sections are not relevant.



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