Joint Strategic Needs Assessment


In 2012 the government introduced new statutory responsibilities on local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to develop Health and Wellbeing Boards.  These bring together clinical, professional, and community leaders for the local health and care system.

Health and Wellbeing Boards have a number of specific functions, one of which is to prepare the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of the health needs of their local population.  You can read more about the role of the Barnsley Health and Wellbeing Board, it's members and the decisions it makes here. 

The Barnsley JSNA enables our Health and Wellbeing Board to have a clear and shared understanding of local needs and they use this information to produce the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The strategy explains how the Board will work together with other partners to reduce health inequalities, join up services and improve the health and wellbeing of Barnsley residents.

The information within the JSNA is also used to develop other key strategies for the borough, including the Public Health Strategy, the Local Integrated Place Based Plan and the Clinical Commissioning Strategy.  

Together these strategies reflect the findings of the JSNA and are used to plan services to meet the current and future needs of people who live in Barnsley. 

How we publish the JSNA

Following the JSNA feedback in 2015, we're publishing it in three parts as follows: 

  • an executive summary report including a 1 page infographic of the health and wellbeing issues in Barnsley
  • a report of the main health and wellbeing issues within Barnsley
  • an online evidence base on our website consisting of briefings, profiles, infographics and reports

What the JSNA tells us and how it's used

The purpose of a JSNA is to use all available data and information to assess the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs and issues of the local population. 

There are many different factors that impact on the health of Barnsley residents. Some of these are due to unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol misuse.  Other factors are less straightforward, such as how poor mental wellbeing affects physical health, the impact of poor housing or unemployment and low educational attainment

In the JSNA we aim to describe our local population and what impacts upon their health and quality of life.  We attempt to give an overview of a wide range of factors, from the economy and unemployment through to disability and diseases that are prevalent. 

We've collated the information from sources such as schools, GPs, local transport, housing and leisure and have tested it to make sure it meets our quality standards for accuracy. We've taken evidence from customer insights, reports, briefings, infographics, strategies and action plans and we'll continue to add further data as it becomes available. You can access all of this information from the links on the right of this page. 

The JSNA is used to make decisions about services in Barnsley. It's purpose is to provide the information that local organisations need to enable them to develop strategies and plans, and to target services at the people who need them the most.

Who is the JSNA for? 

The main audiences for the JSNA are health and social care commissioners who use it to plan services, as it identifies the health and wellbeing issues of the Barnsley population.

It can also be used:

  • as an evidence base for preparing bids and business cases by the voluntary and community sector to ensure that community needs and views are represented
  • by service providers to plan future service developments
  • by the public to scrutinise local health and wellbeing information, plans and commissioning recommendations

Who's been involved in producing the JSNA

In addition to the Health and Wellbeing Board, there is a Senior Strategic Development Group (SSDG) which oversees the development of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the JSNA.  The SSDG includes representatives from the NHS, council, police and fire and rescue services, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust, and the local voluntary and community sector.

The role of the Strategic Intelligence Group is to ensure that the JSNA is delivered on time and is of a high standard. They also help to ensure that a broad range of different organisations and communities are involved in the Barnsley JSNA.

If you want more information about the JSNA please contact our Research and Business Intelligence Team.