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Local Area Health Needs Assessment

18. Health needs in Wexham and Ivers

1. The local population – key influences on needs

Size: 13,497 people live in this local community area. The total population grew more rapidly than Bucks between 2001 and 2011 (up 9.4% vs. 5.5%). Age profile: lower % aged <15 and 30-44 compared to Bucks; all others same or higher.  5.9% of people are aged under 5 (800), compared to 6.3% in Bucks; numbers have increased by 17.5% in the area between 2001 and 2011  8.0% of people are aged 75+ (1,082), compared to 7.8% in Bucks; numbers increased slower than the Bucks average (21% vs. 24% increase; 2001-11) Early years: in 2011, there were 147 births in the area, 2.4% of the total for Bucks. Deprivation: the area is more deprived than the Bucks average (average IMD 2010 score: 12.3; range 6.4 to 17.7), vs. the Bucks average of 10.2 [low scores are less deprived]. Ethnicity: the area is more ethnically diverse compared to the Bucks average (20.7% people are from a black and minority ethnic group, compared to 13.6% across Bucks). Carers: 1,452 people provide unpaid care in the area (10.8% in area vs. 9.8% in Bucks). 264 carers (2.0% of all people) provide more than 50 hours unpaid care per week. Lone parents: 273 people are lone parents with dependent children (5.2% of all households, compared with the Bucks average of 5.3%) Lone pensioners: 694 pensioners live alone in the area (13.2% of all households, compared with the Bucks average of 11.8%) Unemployed: 1.3% of the adult population claimed Job Seekers Allowance in 2012, which is the same as the Bucks average of 1.3% Free School meals: 7.4% of pupils claimed free school meals in 2012, which is higher than the Bucks average of 6.6%

2. Health, life expectancy and illness

Self-rated health: less residents rated their health as good or very good (84.2%) compared to Bucks (85.8%). Limiting long term illness: affects 1,967 residents (14.6% in area, compared to 13.4% for Bucks). The proportion increased by 17% over ten years. Life expectancy (people) was 82.2 years, very similar to the Bucks average (82.4 years), and ranging from 76.8 to 88.0 years across the area (2007-11). Life expectancy (men) 80.2 years; lower than Bucks (80.6), higher than England (78.6). Life expectancy (women) 83.9 years; lower than Bucks (84.1), higher than England (82.6). Most common causes of deaths: 31.9% from cardiovascular disease (heart attacks & strokes), followed by cancer (30.4%) & respiratory (12.0%) in the period 2007-11. Developed by Public Health, Buckinghamshire County Council Long term conditions – people registered with GP Practices in the area (2012/13) - Diabetes: 501 people have been diagnosed with diabetes (5.1% for area; 4.3% for Bucks). Across Bucks, around a quarter of diabetics may be undiagnosed. - High blood pressure: 1,538 people have diagnosed high blood pressure (15.8% for area; 13.1% for Bucks). Across Bucks, 45% of people with high blood pressure may be undiagnosed. - Heart disease: 329 people have heart disease (3.4% for area; 3.0% for Bucks) - Stroke: 155 people have had a stroke (1.6% for area; 1.6% for Bucks) - Dementia: 53 people diagnosed with dementia (0.5% for area; 0.5% for Bucks) - Depression: 400 people have had depression (4.1% for area; 4.4% for Bucks) - Cancer: 197 people have had cancer (2.0% for area; 2.0% for Bucks) Flu immunisations (range across local GP practices, 2012/13): pregnant women: from 20.0% - 50.0% (Bucks average 40.5%); people aged under 65 at-risk: from 33.2% - 48.6% (Bucks average 48.3%); older people: from 62.5% - 67.0% (Bucks average 73.3%) Emergency hospital admissions: in 2011/12, the rate was 872.8 admissions per 10,000 people, 35% higher than the Bucks rate (644.3 per 100,000). Falls: there were 44 hospital admissions for injuries from falls in 2011/12. The rate was 168.9 per 10,000 people, 20% higher than the Bucks rate (140.5 per 100,000).

3. Priorities for Prevention

Early years – interventions in the early years (up to 5 years old) can prevent social and health problems more cost effectively than later intervention.  9.3% of births in the area were low birthweight (vs. 7.1% in Bucks for 2009-11)  41.7% of children achieved a “good level of development” at age five (vs. 54.9% in Bucks; 52.0% in England; 2012-13 school year) Educational achievement is a strong predictor of future health Mental wellbeing has a range of benefits to physical health and achievement throughout life. Happy people live 7.5 -10 years longer than people who aren’t happy. Healthy lifestyles in Bucks: 1 in 4 adults are inactive (less than 30 minutes physical activity in a week); 1 in 7 smoke; 1 in 5 drink alcohol at risky levels; 2 in 3 adults do not eat healthily; and more adults are now overweight & obese than a healthy weight. People who don’t smoke, are physically active, eat healthily and only drink alcohol within recommended limits live around 14 years longer than those who don’t. A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer & dementia. Overweight children: 9.0% of reception year (Bucks average: 7.8%) and 17.6% of year 6 children (Bucks average 15.9%) were obese in 2011-12 school year. NHS Health Checks: health checks are being developed in the area and are not currently well established. The Bucks average for uptake after invitation is 52.4% (2012/13)

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Last updated: 28 February 2017

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