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Context and priority themes

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 requires Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups to produced a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of the health and wellbeing of their local communities.


A JSNA is a systematic method of gathering information about the current and future health, care and well-being needs of the population. This information can then inform service planning and commissioning strategies. Specifically, a JSNA is a tool to identify groups where needs are not being met and that are experiencing comparatively poor outcomes.

The Hillingdon JSNA

The JSNA looks at the information available for the community of Hillingdon and tells the story of the local population in terms of health and wellbeing. By providing analyses of the data it is possible to show the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the population, over both the short-term (three to five year) and the longer term to inform strategic planning.

The JSNA has three major aims to provide:

  • planners with a prioritised list of recommended areas to address to improve the health of the population and/or reduce health inequalities
  • a good summary description of the current health and wellbeing in Hillingdon
  • an accessible timely authoritative database to specific needs assessment 

As new information becomes available (eg population statistics, data on disease prevalence) then this is analysed and added to the JSNA.

Priority themes

Seven priority themes have been identified:

  • promoting healthier lifestyles
  • improved co-ordination of joint health and social care working
  • safeguarding, prevention and protection
  • community-based, resident-focussed services
  • promoting economic resilience
  • preserving and protecting the environment
  • reducing disparities in health outcomes

Full details of JSNA priority themes [20KB] »


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