Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

There are currently two types of JSNA reports:

1. JSNA Overview Report

This report provides an overview of the current status and historical trend of various health and social care indicators within Wolverhampton. It aims to identify inequalities in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, deprivation and wards within Wolverhampton and compare Wolverhampton to national and regional average as well as our nearest neighbours (where data is available).

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2. Topic Specific JSNA Reports

These are thematic JSNA reports which aim to undertake a more detailed review of a topic. This includes developing a comprehensive national and local picture of the topic based on available data including forecasting to suggest future needs of the population. It also includes a widespread programme of stakeholder engagements including service providers, service commissioners and the public. In addition, it includes a thorough evidence review to identify best practice. The aim of these reports is to identify gaps in service provision and knowledge to inform recommendations to bridge these gaps.

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The purpose of JSNAs is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and reduce inequalities for all ages. JSNAs assess the current and future health and social care needs of the local community. These are needs that could be met by the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the wider NHS or the voluntary and community sector. This analysis of needs is 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.
The JSNA is the responsibility of the health and wellbeing board. The board is made up of representatives from the Clinical Commissioning Group, the local authority, the health services, other statutory bodies, community and voluntary groups.
The JSNA combines a key dataset, which shows how areas compare with Wolverhampton and England across a wide range of indicators related to health and wellbeing, with a small number of chapters on key topic areas.
The key topics are decided by the health and wellbeing board based on recommendations from the JSNA steering group. Stakeholders and partners in the local authority, the health service, the voluntary and community sector and members of the public, are invited to propose topics which are prioritised against a range of criteria.
The needs assessments are led by subject leads and public health specialists working in partnership with contributions from a range of people with experience in the particular topic area.
Each topic based JSNA chapter is sent to local health and social care commissioners. They are asked to make an initial response to the recommendations. Commissioning plans and strategies can be informed by JSNA chapter. Commissioners use the needs assessment to help them make judgements about where to prioritise limited resources. It may not be possible to take forward all the recommendations made in a JSNA chapter, but the information is critical for their decision making processes. JSNA chapters also make recommendations for service providers. Whilst providers are not formally asked to respond, they are sent the recommendations and asked to take them into consideration.


3. JSNA Interactive Reports

The following section contains interactive JSNA reports to explore the data further.


Turning data into intelligence that is truly Joint and Strategic. Joint partners from across the City are bringing together data and linking records (e.g. golden record within Council, Insight shared care record across health economy). Strategic analysis must facilitate longer term forward planning – a shift away from descriptive statistics, towards predictive analytics, modelling, and population segmentation to shape the integration of new service models around people’s needs.

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5. Evidence Repository

The following section contains evidence briefings to support decision-making.

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Economy   Employment


A key priority for the city is to develop diverse and welcoming neighbourhoods with good quality housing. This is because housing choice needs to keep pace with the rising aspirations of the city in order to retain younger people and also address homelessness. Click here to find out more about average house prices, housing tenure and new housing developments.

Children's Social Care

Children's Social Care

Children’s social care aims to work with parents, carers and young people and to offer advice and support. They also work in partnership with, and may refer to, other services and community groups.