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Health and Wellbeing Boards and JSNAs

The number of people living with sight loss is set to increase over the coming decade.  It is therefore important that when planning for local support and preventative services that Health and Wellbeing Board members consider the needs of people with sight loss and those at risk of losing their sight.

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) enables Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities to describe the current and future health, care and wellbeing needs of the local populations and to identify the strategic direction of service delivery to meet those needs.

Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have equal and joint duties to prepare JSNAs, through the Health and Wellbeing Board in accordance with the Health and Social Care Act (2012). The Health & Wellbeing Board will use the JSNA to agree overarching priorities in order to inform the development of the Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS). The strategy will, in turn, inform local health and social care commissioning plans.

Eye Health and Sight Loss JSNA Guidance updated to include children's eye health

The eye care and sight loss sector have produced a free resource for anyone involved with developing or influencing a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). Following feedback from Public Health professionals this guidance has now been updated to include a new children's eye health section (section 6 of the JSNA guidance document).

The guidance pulls together a number of datasets and information and should be approached as a 'menu of options', selecting those which are more relevant for the local authority and health area.

Strong links between sight loss and other health determinants are identified within the guidance to assist local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCG) and Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWB) to meet local health and wellbeing strategic priorities. 

Further Information

For further information and support on how to use the guidance and for details of local contacts please contact:
T: 0207 391 2123
E: campaigns@rnib.org.uk