Statutory guidance on joint strategic needs assessments and joint health and wellbeing strategies

Document type
Guidance
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. of Health
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
26 March 2013
Subject(s)
Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Health and Social Care Act 2012 amends the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 to introduce duties and powers for health and wellbeing boards in relation to Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs). This statutory guidance explains the duties and powers relating to JSNAs and JHWSs.

The purpose of JSNAs and JHWSs is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and reduce inequalities for all ages. They are not an end in themselves, but a continuous process of strategic assessment and planning – the core aim is to develop local evidence-based priorities for commissioning which will improve the public’s health and reduce inequalities. Their outputs, in the form of evidence and the analysis of needs, and agreed priorities, will be used to help to determine what actions local authorities, the local NHS and other partners need to take to meet health and social care needs, and to address the wider determinants that impact on health and wellbeing