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Appendix B: Prioritisation criteria

The criteria in the list below were identified from a review of needs assessment prioritisation tools published online.

  • Population need/magnitude/numbers affected
  • Extent of the problem within local population
  • Strength of evidence of effective interventions
  • Scale of impact of actions on health
  • Scale of inequality/opportunity to reduce inequality/improve equity
  • Association with social deprivation/disadvantage
  • Trend (worsening or improving over time)
  • Current spend on treatment/management/potential savings
  • Capacity to benefit/opportunity to intervene
  • Opportunity for early intervention/upstream prevention
  • Severity of issue on individuals/patients
  • Strength of views from public/stakeholders/political acceptability
  • Wider societal impacts of this health need/wider benefits to addressing
  • Speed of potential improvement
  • Availability of local needs assessment evidence (uncertainty of information)
  • Cost-effectiveness of available interventions
  • Overall likely costs to address the issue
  • Requires partnership approach to effective intervention
  • Problem provides opportunity to improve service quality/efficiency
  • Opportunity to exercise local leadership/champion health and wellbeing
  • National policy objective
  • Capability of the market to provide services to address need
  • Opportunity to improve patient choice
  • Risk of not delivering against potential priority, if agreed

The following JSNA prioritisation processes were used to collate the list of criteria above:

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • City of London
  • Coventry
  • Devon
  • Knowsley
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Portsmouth
  • Stockton on Tees
  • Warwick