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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The JSNA is a collaborative exercise which illustrates the health, wellbeing needs and inequalities within a local population. It provides a source of information that can be used in making commissioning decisions to improve outcomes for the local population.


The requirement to produce  Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) has been government policy since 2007. The JSNA brings together information and data regarding the population health and wellbeing of people in Leicester as a starting point for local strategy development and commissioning decisions. Besides its relevance to health, social care and public health organisations, it is intended that the briefings will be helpful to those in the voluntary and community sector (and more widely) and supportive of combined efforts to improve health and wellbeing.

Joint Specific Needs Assessments are detailed and narrowly focused on specific topics, services, communities or conditions, which commissioners need to consider before making major commissioning decisions.

Updating the JSNA

Inevitably, new information and data will be made available between development of this content and review. While we will try to keep these pages as up-to-date as possible, you may also want to search for further information at This will take you to a range of heath profiles and sources of information that are regularly updated.

If you would like further information about the JSNA, please email