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JSNA Guidance & Templates

This page provides information on Lincolnshire's JSNA Policy and Procedures, including the review process and how to request a new topic. The frequently asked questions below provide further guidance and clarification on how the JSNA has been developed and particular aspects of the JSNA process. The Policy & Procedures document as well as the relevant Templates can be found in the left hand menu.

JSNA - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the JSNA?

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an on line evidence base which reports on the key health and wellbeing needs of the people living in Lincolnshire. The JSNA brings together a wide range of data and evidence on the current needs and looks ahead at emerging challenges and projected future needs.

Why do we produce a JSNA?

The requirement to produce a JSNA has been a statutory duty on local authorities and the local NHS since 2007. The Health and Care Act 2012 further enhanced this duty by placing specific responsibilities on the local authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) through the Health and Wellbeing Board to produce and publish a JSNA.

The JSNA is produced in line with the Statutory Guidance published in 2013.

What is the JSNA used for?

The JSNA is used by the Health and Wellbeing Board to inform the priority setting for the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, as well as providing an evidence base for service planning and commissioning.

How do I request a new JSNA Topic or changes to an existing JSNA Topic?

Partners and stakeholders are able to propose new topics, changes to the scope of existing topics or the archiving of a topic by submitting a Change Request Form (CRF) to Completion of this form should provide all the necessary supporting evidence to enable a decision to be made as to whether or not the proposal is appropriate and should be considered as a new topic. The CRF and guidance note can be accessed here.

How were the JSNA Topic commentaries developed?

Following formal agreement by the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board, the process of reviewing the JSNA began in April 2016. A multi-agency Steering Group was established to oversee the review process. The Steering Group was made up of representatives from the County Council, Clinical Commissioning Groups, District Councils, Healthwatch Lincolnshire and the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Expert Panels made up of a cross section of partners were set up for each topic area. The Panels, with support from specialist data analysts and the JSNA Team, were responsible for conducting the review and developing the new topic commentaries.

Each commentary has been peer reviewed by a 'topic expert' to check the information provided is accurate and does not contain irrelevant facts, unwarranted claims or personal views. Final assurance was provided by a JSNA Editorial Board which reviewed all the topics against a quality standard prior to recommending each topic to the Steering Group for approval.

How do I submit information or evidence for inclusion in the JSNA?

Partners can submit information or evidence at any time by emailing As the JSNA is publically available information or evidence submitted for inclusion in the JSNA should not contain any personal or sensitive information. We are happy to receive information in most formats (i.e. Word, Excel, PDF) or as a hyperlink to where the information can be accessed from an existing website.

If you have any questions about submitting information or evidence to the JSNA, email the JSNA Team at

What is a 'Call for Evidence'?

As part of developing or maintaining a JSNA topic commentary, the Topic Lead and/or Expert Panel may identify gaps in knowledge, data or evidence. A 'Call for Evidence' is the process we will use to help identify any new sources of information that can fill any knowledge gaps. Further information on the Call for Evidence approach and the evidence gathering template can be accessed here.

Information derived from a Call for Evidence will be reviewed to ensure it is robust and from a reliable source, and a quality standard has also been developed to assess qualitative data.

How will the JSNA be kept up to date?

All topic areas will be reviewed on an annual basis (as a minimum) to ensure the information and data included in the commentary remains current and relevant. It is anticipated that in most cases any annual review will be 'light touch', only requiring minor changes to data and statistical information. The JSNA Team will work with the Topic Lead, key stakeholders and data analysts to understand the scope and depth of review required. If new evidence or data prompts the need for a more fundamental review, it might be necessary to re-establish an Expert Panel.

New evidence provided by partners or gathered as part of a Call for Evidence may also prompt the need for the topic commentary to be reviewed.

The JSNA Review Programme 2019 provides details on when each of the topic will be reviewed. In addition, 'information flags' on each topic page will also show the current status of the topic by saying when a review is due to start and the date when the topic was last updated.

What future developments are planned for the JSNA?

Alongside the annual review programme, we will also be working with partners to identify new ways of improving the JSNA to ensure it continues to be a useful tool to inform health and social care service planning and commissioning. One option currently being explored is 'Locality Profiles' to support the development of neighbourhood working as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

The JSNA is a large complex library of information and evidence, and we recognise that some people find it hard to access the information. The use of infographic summaries for each topic has proved popular, so we will continue to look at ways to present the information in an easier format alongside the full detailed narrative of the JSNA Topic commentaries.

How can I receive regular updates about the JSNA and the work of the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board?

Regular updates on the JSNA are provided in the quarterly Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Newsletter. To receive the newsletter sign up here (at the bottom left hand side of the page).

Where can I find more information about the JSNA process and templates?

The JSNA Procedures document which includes information on roles and responsibilities, the JSNA annual review process and the arrangements for a more fundamental topic review can be found listed in the left hand section of this page. The Change Request Template is also available to be down loaded.

Who do I contact if I have a query about the JSNA?

In the first instance, all questions or queries relating to the JSNA should be directed to the JSNA Team who can be contacted on 01522 554179 or by emailing

If the JSNA Team is unable to deal directly with your enquiry, they will send you an acknowledgement detailing what steps they are taking to provide you with a response.