Stockton JSNA


Under the Health and Social Care Act (2012) the Health and Wellbeing Board has a statutory duty to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) to underpin the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and hence the work of the Board.

The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets the strategic direction of the health and wellbeing ‘system’.  As such, the JSNA is a tool to enable strategic planning and procurement.  It aims to maximise best use of resources to improve population health and wellbeing and address health inequalities.  The JSNA is therefore not a performance monitoring tool (though performance trends form part of the intelligence within it).  Active use of the JSNA by all partners will help to align strategic planning and decision-making behind consistent priorities for health and wellbeing, so making best use of resources.

The JSNA is used by SBC and a range of organisations to:

  • inform direction and shape of strategic priorities and defining key issues to be addressed;
  • summarise levels of need (not just demand) within populations including future forecasting and highlighting needs of particular population groups to enable targeting;
  • highlight robust evidence base;
  • enable strategic planning and approach to key health and wellbeing issues; 
  • inform service design and procurement; and
  • help to summarise systems-level outcomes

Sarah Bowman-Abouna

Director of Public Health

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

On behalf of

Stockton-on-Tees Health and Wellbeing Board