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New needs assessment

Our assessment schedule

This is our timetable for new needs assessments and reviews of existing assessments:


Assessment start date


November 2017

Overweight & Obesity

November 2017

Children looked after

December 2017

Oral Health

April 2018


June 2018

Mental Health & Wellbeing

June 2018


Awaiting initial consultation

Request a needs assessment

If a specific topic is not on our schedule, you can request a new joint strategic needs assessment or a review:

What happens next?

If we mark your request as high or medium priority, we'll give you a schedule for when the assessment will start. If the request is low priority, we won't schedule the assessment until our higher priority work is completed.

How we prioritise your request

  • Does it look at a priority area from the current Hertfordshire Health & Wellbeing Strategy?
  • Is it a subject that hasn't been covered by our other needs assessments?
  • Will the information support a commissioning decision? If so, what is the timescale and financial value of the commissioning decision?
  • Will this assessment have an impact on the health and wellbeing of our population?

When we're ready to start the assessment, we'll set up a stakeholder group and chair meetings to:

  • agree the scope of the assessment
  • plan out tasks to be done
  • set timescales
  • look at what analysis is needed

We'll quality assure any analysis and graphs used in the assessment. All other content will be quality assured by the stakeholder group.

The stakeholder group will have a say on what goes into the assessment, but we will make the final decision to approve the document. Individuals outside of the stakeholder group can't influence the content of the assessment.

What will be in it?

Each new needs assessment for Hertfordshire's JSNA follows the same format:

  • JSNA branded cover sheet including date published and planned review date.
  • Executive summary - Infographics summarising the key points.
  • What’s the issue? Defines the health and wellbeing problem and any sub-categories the assessment covers.
  • Causes and risk factors - An overview of factors that contribute to or are associated with the problem, based on our rapid literature review.
  • Scale of the issue - Overview of the scale and geographical spread of the problem, such as data on prevalence, incidence and service uptake.
  • Solutions - Evidence of what works to address the problem, based on our rapid literature review. We also look at what programmes, services and interventions are currently in place locally and how effective they are.
  • Analysis of the evidence from the above sections, including gap analysis and any limitations of the needs assessment.
  • Our recommendations give the ‘so what?’ for local commissioning and decision-making.
  • References - All of our sources, listed in a standard citation format.
  • Appendix A: Information for Equality Impact Assessments - A table of what is known about the issue for each of the nine characteristics protected under the Equality Act.
  • Appendix B: Charts and tables - Static graphs and tables of data referred to in the needs assessment. The assessment will also be accompanied by an online data dashboard.
  • Appendix C: Tartan rug charts - These show how key indicators vary between Hertfordshire’s districts and boroughs, as well as between Hertfordshire and its nearest statistical neighbours.