Consultation on joint strategic needs assessments and joint health and wellbeing strategy guidance

Proposals for the duties of health and wellbeing boards were published in July by the Department of Health. The draft guidance, on which views are being sought, provides a framework for NHS and local government to work together to undertake joint strategic needs assessments (JSNA) and joint health and wellbeing strategies (JHWS).

There is an eight-week public consultation on the draft guidance that:

  • lays out duties that underpin JSNAs and JHWSs to be undertaken by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities through health and wellbeing boards from April 2013
  • explains how JSNAs and JHWSs will fit together with commissioning plans in the health and care system
  • sets out how the JSNA and JHWS process will enable the NHS and local government to make real improvements to the health and wellbeing of local people.

Please read here for more information – views on the guidance should be fed back by 28 September 2012.

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