The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is designed to help all agencies take account of the broader social, cultural, economic, political and physical environments that shape people’s experience of health and wellbeing. It supports persistent, systematic and scaled interventions, based on evidence and focused on outcomes. It does this by drawing on data from a variety of sources to foster a broader understanding of the impact that local partners can have on the social determinants of health. The JSNA is designed to encourage joined-up responses to these complex issues by providing a shared evidence base for planning. The way it has been put together, with input from teams across Oxfordshire County Council and NHS Oxfordshire, also further reinforces the local commitment towards partnership working.
The overall picture painted in the commentary from 2008 remains unchanged, but greater familiarity with the data covered in the JSNA means we have been able to examine our communities’ needs in new ways. This report should therefore be read alongside the original commentary and last year’s supplementary report, adding further to these documents rather than replacing them.