Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Our Dorset

Integrated Care System

Our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has been formalised into one of the first Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in the UK, called ‘Our Dorset‘. This is a renewed mandate for system-wide co-working.

JSNA Insights Process

More than ever, we need better insight into the needs of our population.

  • Joint working to ensure we capture system-wide population health and care needs.
  • Strategic focus to develop shared-understanding of complex system challenges.
  • Needs Assessment to identify and close key knowledge gaps.

Therefore, we are pursuing both a top-down exploration of systems insights to build shared-understanding about what our health and care challenges look like from different service perspectives and a bottom-up articulation of the stresses our public-facing workforce are dealing with across the system.

Our JSNA is now an ongoing process and all insights will be regularly updated and published on this page. The JSNA mandate is held by the Dorset CCG, BCP and Dorset Councils and Health Watch through the Health & Well-being Boards. Public Health Dorset facilitates the JSNA process.

1. System Insights

Effecting change isn’t getting any easier. Our approach to the Dorset JSNA is an attempt to develop a more complete view of the challenges and opportunities for effecting improvements to population health. We’ll use this to develop a better shared-understanding of what we are trying to achieve as a system. This will make it easier for others to understand how your work impacts their programmes and for you to understand how their programmes might impact your work.

System Challenges

2. People Insights

Developing ‘people insights’ means building a credible qualitative evidence-base from the knowledge and beliefs of public-facing colleagues across Our Dorset. Using an approach known as ‘saturation interviewing’, we will be talking to colleagues across the system to better understand what it is they do, what they see as their challenges, barriers, and opportunities to their delivery of services. We’ll use these data to add people insights into our understanding of how our system works.

People Insights

  • Pilot Interviews
  • 17 interviews with public-facing colleagues across 2 of our most deprived areas
  • Future interviews to be guided by a desire for geographic, occupation and organisational spread.

3. Closing Key Knowledge Gaps

As we develop the necessary JSNA evidence-base to close the identified knowledge gaps, we will post links in this section so that all-things JSNA are on this page.

Dorset JSNA Blogs