Have your say on guidance for HWBs and JSNAs

Draft statutory guidance for health and wellbeing boards and their partners in developing joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and health and wellbeing strategies has been published by the Department of Health (DH).

The draft guidance follows the publication of JSNAs and joint health and wellbeing strategies explained by DH in December 2011.

Views are being sought on draft statutory guidance which:

  • lays out the statutory duties that underpin the production of JSNAs and joint health and wellbeing strategies by the NHS and local authorities (as members of their health and wellbeing board)
  • describes a framework that will lead to best practice in the preparation of JSNAs and assist with undertaking new joint health and wellbeing strategies
  • explains how JSNAs, joint health and wellbeing strategies and commissioning plans fit together in the new system
  •  sets out how the enhanced JSNA process and joint health and wellbeing strategy will enable the NHS and local government, working with their community and partner organisations, to make real improvements to the health and wellbeing of local people.

Feedback should be sent by 17 February 2012. A short public consultation will be carried out in the spring.

More information

To read the statutory guidance and provide feedback via an online form or a downloadable form, visit the DH channel – the Modernisation of Health and Care:

Updated March 2012