Cheshire East Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Health and Wellbeing Boards have a duty to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for their area. The JSNA  identifies health and social care needs, how well these are being met and opportunities for improvement to inform decision-making.

JSNA community

Access Cheshire East community JSNA pages; insight from the voluntary, community and faith sector.

Overview of needs

The documents below show how the health of people in Cheshire East electoral wards compares to the rest of England. Wards are grouped into care community areas. These health profile tartan rugs have been produced for Cheshire East, Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and each of the 8 care community areas:

If you need an accessible version of the tartan rug document

Guides to using the health profile tartan rugs

Developing the JSNA

Health and Wellbeing Boards have a duty to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment ( JSNA ) for their area. The “Statutory Guidance on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies” published by the Department of Health in March 2013 outlines the required scope of JSNAs; to identify health and social care needs that can be met or affected by the local authority (Cheshire East Council) in collaboration with Clinical Commissioning Groups (in this case Eastern Cheshire CCG, South Cheshire CCG) or the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England).

The JSNA is made up of separate sections and the creation and updating of these sections is prioritised in line with the JSNA work programme. The work programme aims to ensure that JSNA developments align to commissioner priorities, planning and implementation timescales, ensuring that JSNA content is useful and that its development can be integrated into commissioner-provider cycles. There will not be a scheduled review and refresh of all JSNA content.

The JSNA is a useful resource base for a wide range of partners and the public. The benefits of the JSNA include:

  • facilitating partnership working by combining differing professional and organisational perspectives to support a holistic view of individuals, families and communities and provide new insights
  • identifying and sharing information about local community assets to support commissioners and providers in developing community resilience
  • enabling commissioners to identify priorities for action based on the balance of different needs

To achieve these benefits, the production of Cheshire East’s JSNA content is guided by the following principles:

  • Key stakeholders (subject matter experts, including communities/service users) will work collaboratively and actively participate in JSNA content production
  • Levels of detailed analysis may differ across different organisational boundaries (e.g. more detailed analysis may be undertaken for specific geographical areas)
  • The allocation of resources to creating/developing JSNA sections should be proportionate to the benefits of enhanced intelligence for evidence-based decision making

The health and wellbeing board have agreed to test implementation of the following JSNA policies: