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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Describing the health needs and wellbeing of people who live in West Berkshire

The production of a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a joint statutory duty for Local Authorities and Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), discharged through the Health and Wellbeing Board.

The JSNA uses data and evidence about the current health and wellbeing of the district, to highlight the health needs of the whole community and how they vary for different age groups. It also identifies health differences in disadvantaged or vulnerable groups. It looks at a wider range of factors, such as education, employment and the environment, that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities.

In 2018, the Health and Wellbeing Board introduced a new method of producing the JSNA which ensures a more cohesive and efficient approach to assessing the needs of the local population.

The new JSNA model is as follows:

  • A digital resource of data to describe the demographic and wider factors of the health of the West Berkshire population in a way that is user-friendly and configurable. This is available on The West Berkshire Observatory website, with maps, population and health data at electoral ward and district level.
  • A repository for detailed, service-specific needs assessments carried out by internal and external partners, with support from Public Health and Wellbeing officers.

Berkshire West Needs Assessments

You can find recent needs assessment documents for Berkshire West linked below:

If you have any comments on the content or format of the JSNA, or any suggestions on how it can be improved, please get in touch with the Public Health and Wellbeing team.


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