Assessing needs

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The health and health care needs of the local population are assessed through a systematic process.

Tips on searching the web:

When searching the Internet, suggested terms include…

  • Use language, jargon and abbreviations which you might expect to find in trust and government documents to focus your search more effectively, e.g. “Everyone Counts” , “Putting patients first”, “Living well for longer”, “outcomes strategy”, “outcomes framework”.
  • (“needs assessment” OR “assessing need*” OR “assessing health need*” OR hna OR “joint strategic needs assessment” OR JSNA) COMBINED WITH keywords reflecting the topic area you are focusing upon.
  • To limit to NHS papers, try combining your results with: (ccg OR nhs). To look for CCG publications add the following to your google search:  site: (note the space before the CCG.)
  • You can search for terms such as “board paper” / “strategy” to help to locate Trust papers

Also have a look at our summary of tips on searching the web.

NHS Networks Commissioning Zone
You can do a search on Needs Assessment.

NHS Information Centre [Archived Content]
The Centre has developed an interactive wheel to depict the commissioning cyle. Click on the appropriate section to access a range of resources provided to support this aspect of strategic planning.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have equal and joint duties to prepare JSNAs and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs), through the health and wellbeing board. to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and reduce inequalities for all ages. It is a continuous process of strategic assessment and planning.

Health Care Needs Assessment Reviews
The Health Care Needs Assessment (HCNA) series is a set of detailed reviews across a range of population-specific subjects areas, combining epidemiological and evidence-based research information and data.

QResearch is a large consolidated database derived from the anonymised health records of over 12 million patients from over 600 UK practices. The data has been used to create risk calculators for diabetes, fractices and heart disease.

Taking the temperature of local communities: The Wellbeing and Resilience Measure – WARM (October 2010)
WARM is a new tool to help local areas think clearly about their priorities and needs.  It has been developed to make the most of existing data about localities, combining familiar statistics on such things as jobs and health with new ways of thinking about how happy and resilient communities are.

Trends in consultation rates in general practice – 1995-2009
The largest longitudinal study of trends in consultations undertaken in primary care and part of an ongoing series of analyses using the QResearch® database.

Local Health
An online tool that presents data on populations in England, has been updated with new indicators and an improved interface.

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