The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 placed a duty on local authorities and primary care trusts to set out the health needs of their local population in what is known as a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).
The JSNA is now a core document to inform commissioning and health planning, as detailed in the White Papers:
- Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS
- Healthy Lives, Healthy People
A Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens
The statutory guidance on creating strong, safe and prosperous communities requires local authorities to take account of the JSNA when preparing their sustainable community strategy.
The purpose of a JSNA is to ensure that the commissioning of services in Hounslow is based on population need.
The JSNA in Hounslow is made up of two parts:
- The production of factsheets and data sheets that describe in detail the needs of the population in that specific area. These are refreshed on a rolling cycle as new data becomes available.
- Annually an overview document is produced which crystallises the findings in the JSNA fact sheets into a single overview entitled, "This is Hounslow".