We have three overarching ambitions in our Health & Wellbeing Integrated Strategy. You can read more about these ambitions, and how they will help us achieve our mission, here.
As a partnership working towards healthier futures for around a million people, we have agreed three overarching ambitions that will help us achieve our mission. These ambitions were agreed as part of our Health & Wellbeing Integrated Care Strategy, which we developed following feedback from local people and that we published in late 2022.
Our three overarching ambitions are:
Investing in the health and wellbeing of local children doesn’t only make an immediate positive difference to children’s lives. It will also have a positive impact later in life. That’s why we will work with parents and communities to achieve better outcomes for our children, by taking into account each child’s needs as a whole.
We will measure our success by considering how the health and wellbeing of local children compares to that of young people of a similar age in comparable areas within the country.
Whilst some causes of death before the age of 75 are sadly not preventable, a lot of deaths could be avoided with the right health and wellbeing support. For example, deaths related to smoking, obesity, or deaths related to vaccine-preventable diseases could be avoided by giving local people the tools they need to make positive lifestyle choices.
There are strong links between the wealth of a specific area and the rate at which people die before the age of 75 from causes that could be avoided. If you live in a wealthy area, you are less likely to die from a preventable cause of death before the age of 75, than you are if you live in a poor neighbourhood. We are working together as a partnership to break the link between wealth and early preventable deaths, so that people in our least well-off areas are less likely to die young.
When we look at health outcomes for a group of people, one of the factors we often consider is life expectancy. This means the average age someone might statistically be expected to live to before they pass away.
Whilst life expectancy is an important measure to consider, with this ambition we are focusing on healthy life expectancy. This means the length of time that someone can expect to live for in good health.
At the moment, people in less well-off parts of our area are more likely to have a relatively short healthy life expectancy – meaning they are more likely to get sick at an earlier age. People in wealthy areas, meanwhile, have a high healthy life expectancy, which means they can stay healthy up to a relatively old age.
We want to close this gap so that people across our area can live their lives in good health for longer.
The ambitions that we have collectively agreed as a partnership will help us work towards healthier futures for all. To learn more about how we will achieve this mission, including our priorities, our approach as set out in the Joint Forward Plan and our delivery plans, use the buttons below.