A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a way local authorities, the NHS and other public sector partners work together to understand the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population and identify future priorities. The JSNA is a statutory responsibility of the Director of Public Health, Director of Children’s Services and Director of Adult Social Services.
The JSNA is not just about health and personal social care services - it is also about the wider aspects of health and wellbeing including poverty, employment, education, housing and the environment. The purpose of the JSNA is to use the information gathered to identify local priorities and support commissioning of services and interventions that are based on need. This helps us achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce health inequalities in Islington.