The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is designed to be the single portal for facts, figures and intelligence about our local area, its communities and its population. It has been developed to be used by anyone who has an interest in or makes decisions about Bath and North East Somerset.

Because we know Bath and North East Somerset doesn't stay still and that long pdf documents are really boring, we have moved our JSNA on-line as a "wiki" and designed it to reflect the flexible and ever changing nature of our local communities.
The JSNA is still in development, so please bear with us if things fall over, don't work or look silly (we're working on making tables better) -  if you spot something doing any of those things, please drop us a line -
if you know what you want to find out about, try the search engine or see what's new on our main page, or browse the [[contents]].
We need your help!
A wiki is designed to be always updating, but there are always new things to be learnt about the area and we're going to make mistakes every now and then. As a result, we need you to tell us if we're missing something,
If you need to get in touch, please e-mail us (, making sure you're quoting the relevant page, or give us a ring on 396446 or 477258.
Who is the JSNA for?

Decision Makers:
Helps elected members and council officials understand and identify local priorities. Will also help different organisations (e.g. the new GP Consortia) work together to identify shared local priorities.
Service and Financial planners:
Tells us where to target services & understand how decisions impact on different communities in different ways.
People who spend money:
Helps to explain local demand, understand the market and shape what exactly it is we will do and buy.
Local Communities:
 A shared understanding of local need can make the case for increasing capacity and bringing in external funding. It can also provide a good starting point for having a conversation about your neighbourhood.
What goes in the JSNA?
  • Local statistical data (trends over time for issues ranging from health conditions, crime and employment)
  • Local opinions (feedback from members of the public, elected members and voluntary sector groups)
  • Whether we’re doing what we said we’d do (performance data, and information about what the local community is doing)