Health and Wellbeing

Aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of Bournemouth residents

The Corporate Plan as part of its priority of encouraging an 'Active Community' is working towards 'Improving health and wellbeing. We also want to reduce health inequalities for residents'.

The latest Index of Deprivation Health domain reveals the extent of health inequality in Bournemouth. There are around one fifth of the Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in the most deprived quintile in England. 

There is also significant inequality in life expectancy in Bournemouth. There is a gap of around ten years between the ward with the highest life expectancy from birth and the ward with the lowest for males. The figure is around five years for females.

Latest data at Borough level reveals that life expectancy at birth for males is 78.6. This compares with the figure of 78.9 years for England. Life expectancy for females is 82.9 in Bournemouth and 82.8 for England. 

The 2016 Health Profile for Bournemouth highlights health issues in the Borough with the following summary:

  • The health of people in Bournemouth is mixed compared with the England average, however about (18%) 5,100 children live in poverty. Life expectancy is 10.5 years lower for men and 6.2 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Bournemouth than in the least deprived areas.
  • Priorities in Bournemouth include reducing health inequalities, taking a holistic approach to lifestyle change and improving mental well-being and reducing drug and alcohol misuse.

In addition to the health profiles there are also Community Mental Health Profiles (CMHP). These will be replaced soon with Mental Health JSNA Profiles. These present a range of mental health information for Clinical Commisioning Groups (CCG) and GP practices in England. The CMHP are designed to give an overview of mental health risks, prevalence and services. This is at a local, regional and national level using an interactive mapping tool.

Closely related to our health and wellbeing is access to social care.  Social Care is an essential human need. It is something most of us will need at some point in our lives, for ourselves or someone close. How well we look after each other says a great deal about the strength and character of our community.

Adult Social Services only see a small proportion of people who have support needs. Many manage their own lives with help of family, friends, voluntary organisations – or can be known as ‘Self Funders’.

Therefore numbers of people receiving services through the authority may go down or up irrespective of need or demand. They are related to the eligibility criteria applied by the council, the council spending priorities and other factors such as market availability. 

The Local Alcohol Profile for Bournemouth provides health and other indicators relating to alcohol use.