What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)?

JSNA is a City-wide assessment of the current and future health and social care needs of all local people. This data analysis is used to help to determine what actions partners need to take, to meet health and social care needs, to address the root causes of health and wellbeing, and to reduce inequalities between different groups such as age, race and gender. The JSNA should help to inform partners to make decisions that enable Wulfrunians to live longer, healthier, active lives.

What is the role of Health & Wellbeing Together?

Health and Wellbeing Together is the forum where key leaders from the health, care and wider system come together to work collectively to reduce health inequalities, support the development of improved and joined up health and social care services and set the strategic direction to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population. It is the name given to the City of Wolverhampton Health and Wellbeing Board, a statutory board established under the Health & Social Care Act 2012.

Health and Wellbeing Together has a responsibility to assess the needs of the local population by developing and overseeing the implementation of the City of Wolverhampton’s JSNA. The JSNA is then used to inform the Board’s Joint Local Health and Wellbeing Strategy. You can access the strategy here http://wellbeingwolves.co.uk/our-priorities.html

How does our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment work?

Our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment consists of 2 key elements: the overview JSNA Chapters and topic specific JSNA reports.

The overview JSNA chapters are designed to be interactive dashboards, that present an overview of a wide range of health and wellbeing topics, based on the Dahlgren and Whitehead model of the wider determinants of health. There are four chapters, which can be accessed below: Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Start, Adult Wellbeing and Ageing Well.

The topic specific reports are detailed deep dives into a specific health and wellbeing topic, that consider the background and national picture, the local picture and how it compares to comparator areas, the views of stakeholders and what the latest evidence tells us. The intelligence gathered from a range of sources enables us to make recommendations to meet the needs of the City’s population in relation to the topic.

To access the overview chapters, please click on the relevant image below.

To access our compendium of topic specific JSNA reports, please click here.

JSNA Chapters

Health & Wellbeing

Healthy Start


Adult Wellbeing

Ageing Well



City Lifestyle Survey