What is the Coventry Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)?


Welcome to the Coventry Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) 2023. The JSNA brings together evidence about the health and wellbeing of Coventry residents, to help leaders across health and care understand and work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Coventry.

Health is more than the healthcare system: it is not just about NHS hospitals, doctors, or nurses. Instead, health is about people’s lives. Indeed, people’s health is determined by their economic and social circumstances, such as:

  • their communities - whether they have access to a good network of family and friends.
  • their prospects - whether they have access to good jobs and education; and
  • their environment - whether they live in a good neighbourhood with access to green spaces.

These social circumstances determine people’s health and well-being, and therefore, are known as social determinants of health.

This JSNA contains a full range of evidence to provide decision-makers with an understanding of local people and communities. It contains a lot of numbers and statistics because these are essential to show the trends of how things have changed, as well as comparisons with other places. However, because health is about people, this JSNA also contains a lot of evidence from local people and local community groups.

About this JSNA

The Health and Social Care Act of 2012 places a duty on Health and Wellbeing Boards to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

In April 2018, the Coventry Health and Wellbeing Board authorised a move towards a place-based approach to the JSNA, with the production of a citywide JSNA profile and JSNA profiles for each of the city’s eight Family Hub reach areas.

Since the production of the last JSNA, there have been huge external influences on the health and wellbeing of our residents. The COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on inequalities within our communities and has fundamentally altered our lives. There have been changes to what we value, our communities and how they function, our ways of working and to our economy. The data within this profile reflects these changes.

This JSNA is produced in 2023 by Coventry City Council with cooperation from partners across the Coventry Health and Wellbeing Board and ideas contributed by community organisations and residents.

Each JSNA profile is structured as follows:

  • Demographics and Community
  • Prospects
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellbeing

For each topic area covered, the JSNA explores:

  • Why is this important?
  • What is the local picture? How does it compare?
  • What is happening in the city? What else can be done?

In addition to the JSNA profiles, detailed statistical data and evidence are available in the citywide intelligence hub. The hub provides tools to compare different measures and indicators of all kinds.