St Helens is one of the most deprived areas in England, life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average. The borough faces significant challenges in improving outcomes for its residents and reducing the unsustainable levels of demand experienced by health care and community services.

The St Helens People’s Board (a multi-agency partnership established to tackle these issues) developed a new way of delivering health and care in 2018.  ‘St Helens Cares’ is the integrated health and care system that brings together the council, local NHS organisations and other services such as the police and fire service, housing and third and voluntary sector organisations.  In this way, St Helens residents:

  • Will benefit from a transformed, integrated care system, in which they receive care and support which is joined up, of high quality, and affordable
  • Will be supported and encouraged to do what they can to remain healthy, well and resilient
  • Will live in a borough which encourages raising ambition, achieving aspirations, connectedness and supports people to make the right choices.

This will be achieved by transforming how health, care and community services are organised and delivered and shaping a model of care which:

  • helps to achieve better outcomes for residents
  • promotes independence and champions prevention
  • works with local communities
  • is clinically and financially sustainable.

If St Helens 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 St Helens was a village of just 100 people’ infographic, please click here.

View the place plan

St Helen’s Place plan will incorporate 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. You can view St Helen’s Place plan here.

Find out more about who’s involved

Mark Palethorpe is the Place lead for St Helens and holds a joint role as the Executive Director of Integrated Health and Social Care for St Helens Borough Council and Accountable Officer for St Helens CCG. To find out more about Mark and to connect with him via LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter.


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