Bury Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has a statutory responsibility to prepare a JSNA. The purpose of a JSNA is to draw together evidence that will help to describe the current and future health needs of the people of Bury. The JSNA is an ongoing process of continuing to ensure up to date and key information is available to those who require it.
The JSNA highlights the importance of local partners working together to improve health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities.
- Provides a common view of health and care needs for the local community
- Documents current service provision
- Helps to identify gaps in health and care services, documenting unmet needs
- Looks at the health of the population, with a focus on behaviours that affect health such as smoking, diet and exercise.
- Identifies health inequalities
- Is concerned with wider social factors that have an impact on people’s health and wellbeing, such as housing, poverty and employment.
The main audience for the JSNA are health and social care commissioners who use it to plan services. This includes partnership bodies such as the HWB, Bury Council, Bury Clinical Commissioning Group and all provider organisations.
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 assist in the future development of their services.
The JSNA is used to guide strategy and is an integral part of the commissioning cycle.