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Previous and related JSNA products

The purpose of the joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) is to provide an evidence base that identifies current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population which should be used to inform key local priority areas within the joint health and wellbeing strategy and guide the commissioning of health, wellbeing and social care services. 

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011 created a central role for the JSNA as the primary focus for local leaders to identify local health and social care needs, and building a robust evidence base on which local commissioning plans can be developed. Staffordshire is a two tier local authority and the guidance has been interpreted locally by using information and intelligence at both a lower and upper tier authority level in order to identity needs at the appropriate population level.

The JSNA in Staffordshire includes a range of materials such as monitoring of the living well strategy outcomes through quarterly reports and/or dashboards, locality data packs (which include ward level analysis), themed needs assessments which may be age-specific (children or older people), disease specific (mental health, diabetes) or cross-cutting such as pharmaceutical needs assessment and community safety assessments as well as links to Public Health England (Fingertips) and NHS Right Care products

Products are available for download below:

Locality data packs

Listed below are the Locality Data Packs for 2018:

Pharmaceutical needs assessment

From 1 April 2013 Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) became responsible for the pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs) previously published by NHS North Staffordshire and South Staffordshire Primary Care Trusts.

The NHS Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services Regulations (2013 Regulations) states that every HWBB has a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up-to-date a PNA for the population in its area. These should then be updated at least once every three years or before if there has been a significant change in either service need or provision. In addition, the HWBB as required will keep up-to-date a map of provision of NHS pharmaceutical services within its area and publish any supplementary statements.

What is a pharmaceutical needs assessment?

The PNA is a statement of pharmaceutical service needs for a specified population. The PNA looks at the current provision of pharmaceutical services across a defined area, makes an assessment to see whether this meets current and future population needs and identifies any potential gaps to service delivery.

Local commissioners such as NHS England area teams, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups will use the PNA to identify and commission services such as medicines use reviews, common ailment services and palliative care which contribute to health and wellbeing priorities.  NHS England will also use the PNA to make decisions on applications for new pharmacy and dispensing appliance contractor premises, changes to service provision and/or the commissioning of new services. 

Staffordshire’s latest pharmaceutical needs assessment was approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board in March 2018 and can be found below: 

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