The overall quality of life is good for many residents in Cheshire West. However, some communities experience multiple disadvantages that affect their health and wellbeing.
The population is ageing, with the number of residents aged over 65 expected to increase by more than 50% by 2035. The number of people over 85 will more than double and many of these will have long-term conditions.
The key lifestyle issues facing the area are smoking, unhealthy weight, lack of physical activity and alcohol and substance misuse. The number of smokers has fallen in recent decades, but the smoking rate is still higher than the national average and there needs to be programmes aimed at reducing this.
Almost half of the area’s adults do not exercise enough while one in five is classed as physically inactive. The number of overweight and obese adults and children is increasing. Heart disease and cancer are the key diseases that contribute to life inequalities for men; in women, it’s cancer – particularly lung cancer.
One in five children is overweight or obese when starting primary school, one in three by the time they leave. A partnership approach for improving health and wellbeing will include addressing excess weight in children of primary school age, improving mental health services and increasing support for older people.
A joined-up approach to health and wellbeing will also achieve efficiencies, releasing money for investment in frontline services. The health and social care system cannot continue as it is. If we continue providing services in the same way, the gap between the money available and what is needed will continue to grow.
If Cheshire West 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
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
Cheshire West’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 West’s place plan.
Delyth Curtis, Deputy Chief Executive – People at Cheshire West and Chester Council, is the Place lead for Cheshire West. To find out more about Delyth and to connect with her via LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter, please visit our ‘Meet the team’ page.