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County Durham Joint Strategic Needs Assessment


The County Durham Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) provides a detailed overview of the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the people of County Durham.

To help achieve positive outcomes for the local population, the County Durham JSNA aims to:

  • highlight areas where there is a need to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the local community
  • aid decision makers in targeting resources to both areas and services
  • act as a resource document to support health and wellbeing planning and commissioning
  • help inform our plans and strategies to provide a basis upon which to plan for the achievement of local outcomes and targets

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 places clear duties on local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to prepare a JSNA and a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (which will influence commissioning strategies for health and social care) to be discharged through the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2016

Since June 2016 the JSNA has been presented within the health, social care and wellbeing area of the Integrated Needs Assessment (INA), as a web based series of factsheets, using a topic-based approach. The factsheets are updated regularly and provide current data and information for stakeholders which is easier to access, to inform planning and commissioning of services.

Integrated Needs Assessment

The Integrated Needs Assessment (INA) is the 'entry point' for up to date information on health and wellbeing in the county and for wider economic, community safety and environmental data. It brings together the evidence base and a wide range of strategic assessments used to inform strategic planning across the council and by the county's thematic partnerships.

The INA provides links to data, analysis, external frameworks, local profiles, strategies and plans relevant to life in County Durham. It includes a variety of data such as nationally published statistics and activity levels, information based on the Census 2011, Office for National Statistics population estimates and Durham County Council population and household projections.  

You can access INA through the County Durham Partnership website - County Durham Partnership: INA.

The  Icon for pdf JSNA 2016 Key Messages (PDF, 356.5kb)  were presented at the Health and Wellbeing Board's Big Tent engagement event in October 2016 to provide an overview of the health and wellbeing needs of the local population.  JSNA data provide the evidence base for the development of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the Children, Young People and Families Plan, and Clinical Commissioning Group Commissioning Intentions.

JSNA's for previous years can be found by accessing the following links:

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