Guidance on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (Department of Health / BMA Guidance)


Department of Health document advises health and wellbeing boards (and their partners) about performing and contributing to Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and joint health and wellbeing strategies under the new health and care system.

Health and wellbeing boards will exist in local authorities to improve health and care services, and the health and wellbeing of local people. These bring together the commissioners in each area, including GP consortia representatives, directors of public health, children’s services, and adult social services, at least one democratically elected councillor and a Healthwatch representative. Health and wellbeing boards assess local needs and develop shared strategies to meet them, providing a strategic framework for commissioners’ plans.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) are the primary means by which local health and care needs are identified, providing the evidence base for local commissioning plans. This document offers a suggested framework for best practice in the preparation of JSNAs and undertaking joint health and wellbeing strategies. It explains how JSNAs, joint health and wellbeing strategies and commissioning plans should work together in the new system.

Full Text Link (a)


Department of Health (2012). JSNAs and joint health and wellbeing strategies: draft guidance. London: Department of Health, January 2012.

BMA Guidance on Health and Wellbeing Boards

This BMA guide provides an outline of the composition and keys roles of Health and Wellbeing Boards. The document also highlights issues for GPs and CCGs to consider with respect to their involvement in and relationship with their local Health and Wellbeing Board.

Full Text Link (b)


General Practitioners Committee (2011). Health and Wellbeing Boards. London: BMA General Practitioners Committee, September 2011.

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