Cheshire East Place is an area co-terminus with Cheshire East Council, covering a population of  373,000. It is a Place of contrasts, with agriculture and industry, countryside, villages, market towns and urban centres with distinct needs, assets and characters.

When it comes to morbidity and mortality, the main causes of death and illness are cancer, heart disease and respiratory illness. Overall risk factors (for example smoking) for cancer in Cheshire East are lower than the England average but there are areas, particularly in the south of the borough, where risk factors are much higher. There are stark differences in cancer outcomes across Cheshire East, particularly in Crewe.

The mortality rates for heart disease are lower than those in England and the Northwest averages, but it still accounts for around a quarter of premature deaths in this area and people who live in Crewe have a significantly higher risk of early death from heart disease. Respiratory disease accounts for one in ten premature deaths in Cheshire East. This is better than the national average, but worse when compared to similar local authorities. Outcomes are generally poorer for those from the most. deprived communities.

The area has an ageing population, life expectancy is better than the England average but there are large variations between and within towns. As the population ages, more and more people are suffering from long term conditions such as high blood pressure, liver failure, diabetes, cancer, dementia and other mental health problems.

As with all areas of the country, NHS and social care services are under increasing pressure. While standards of care locally are high and the area’s three main NHS trusts are rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, there is an urgent need to transform local care services.

We are looking at whole system improvements and are progressing community solutions including improving assessment and care for patients arriving at hospital that avoids the need for admission; and moving care closer to people’s homes to improve their independence and wellbeing. Our agreed local priorities include:

  • Support the transformation of general practice as a core foundation of our progress to implementing new models of integrated health and care communities
  • Agreeing a model of sustainable hospital services that link to other components of integrated health and care services for local people and their communities
  • For specialist mental health services, deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View and provide more care closer to home
  • Operate as a system within the total available financial resources.

This significant transformation programme includes the establishment of Cheshire East Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) and development of eight care communities to deliver services locally. The four care themes are:

  • Mental wellbeing and social prescribing
  • Children’s health
  • Respiratory health
  • Cardiovascular health

The ultimate aim is for “joined up local care” for the population of the Cheshire East Place through integrated health and social care services provided to people where they live clustered around the eight local communities of:

1. Crewe
2. Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager, Scholar Green and Haslington
3. Nantwich
4. Bollington, Disley and Poynton
5. Chelford, Handforth, Alderley Edge and Wilmslow
6. Congleton and Holmes Chapel
7. Knutsford
8. Macclesfield

Our Partnership is made up of the council, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Cheshire CCG, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance, Vernova Healthcare CIC and Healthwatch Cheshire.

If Cheshire East was a village of just 100 people…


Children are overweight or obese by year 6


Adults suffer from depression


5-16 year olds have a MH disorder


Will die from cancer


Adults are overweight or obese


Adults under 40 have Type 2 diabetes


People are living with a long term condition


Will die from heart disease


Are smokers


Is the average age that women will live to


People take less than 30 mins exercise a week


Is the average age that men will live to


People are over 75 years of age

To download the ‘If Cheshire East was a village of just 100 people’ infographic, please click here.

View the place plan

Cheshire East’s Place plan incorporates the requirements of the NHS Long Term Plan and details the footprint’s priorities for the next five years and how these will be achieved. Please click here to see Cheshire East’s place plan.

Find out more about who’s involved

Mark Palethorpe, Director of People for Cheshire East Council, is the Place lead for Cheshire East. To find out more about Mark and to connect with him via LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter, please visit our ‘Meet the team’ page.