What should be in a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) to improve diabetes outcomes

Diabetes UK has produced four briefings for health and wellbeing board members, setting out what health and wellbeing boards can do to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of people living with the condition. The second of these briefings advises how diabetes should be addressed in JSNAs.

Development of the JSNA and joint health and wellbeing strategy (JHWS) is an opportunity for HWBs to ensure the impact of diabetes on the health and wellbeing of the local community is assessed and addressed. A review of JSNAs in 2013-14 found that HWBs were not fully addressing diabetes in their JSNAs and JHWS. The JSNA and JHWS can ensure that there are plans to reduce the costs of diabetes by preventing Type 2 diabetes and by improving the identification, care and treatment of people with diabetes, to avoid the costly complications and disability of the future. The briefing includes a checklist and a number of useful data resources:

The National Diabetes Audit -  a comprehensive source of data and a good way to benchmark local outcomes and processes in relation to other areas
The Diabetes Watch Online Tool which shows how diabetes care in your area compares with the rest of England
Public Health England local cardiovascular disease profiles which include comparative information on diabetes care, and
Public Health England information about NHS Health Checks, including local performance data on uptake and how this compares with the rest of England.

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