What the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is

Find out more about the JSNA and how it is used.

The JSNA provides a description of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population. This is achieved by collating a variety of evidence, including:

  • information from existing in-depth needs assessments
  • health and social care data
  • local views and experiences

The JSNA is used to identify local health and wellbeing issues and inform the commissioning and delivery of local services.

This section includes various sections of the JSNA. If you need more information or have feedback about the JSNA, send an email to PublicHealthIntelligence@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

JSNA updates

Needs assessments published on the JSNA website between September and December 2023:

Needs assessments published on the JSNA website between May and August 2023:

Needs assessments published on the JSNA website between January and April 2023:

JSNA review

From 2022 to 2023 we reviewed the JSNA/Local Intelligence information to ensure that it meets the needs of our stakeholders, including the public.

You can view the JSNA review stakeholder feedback. If you prefer, you can also see an infogram of the feedback.

Action plan to improve the JSNA

In July 2023, the Health and Wellbeing Board approved an action plan to improve the JSNA over the next 3 years. The review findings recommended the following 10 key areas where the JSNA programme can be strengthened:

1. Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) governance. Ensure oversight and assurance of the JSNA programme.

2. Working with East and West Sussex. Explore opportunities across Sussex to support the aims of the ICS and avoid duplication.

3. Engagement, involvement and co-production. Develop an inclusive engagement and involvement plan, building on good practice in in-depth needs assessments across the JSNA programme. Support the inclusion of intersectional equalities, and ensure we report back to communities.

4. JSNA production. Refine tools, templates and processes.

5. JSNA framework and products. Introduce the new framework for the JSNA with life course running throughout. Review of Community Insight.

6. Website and JSNA webpages. Redesign webpages and move to Brighton & Hove City Council website.

7. Accessibility of the JSNA website and products. Ensure JSNA content meets accessibility standards or accessible versions are available.

8. Promotion, communication and maximising use of the JSNA. Rebrand and rename the JSNA. Create how-to guides and videos, and a JSNA communications plan.

9. Explore the potential for additional resources to produce the JSNA, with a focus on qualitative research, coproduction, mixed research methods and community-led research.

10. JSNA needs assessments prioritisation process. Develop a 3-year work programme agreed on by the Health and Wellbeing Board with an annual review and update to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Read the full report

Read the full report for the Health and Wellbeing Board as a PDF.

Read the full report for the Health and Wellbeing Board as an HTML (accessible version). Appendix 3 contains the full action plan.

You can also view the video recording of the JSNA update to the Health and Wellbeing Board at Annotator Player. The presentation begins at 46:32. Questions and comments from the Health and Wellbeing Board begin at 1:16:44.