Healthy Wow

Health and wellbeing is about more than illness and treatment. It is about being well physically, mentally and socially.  This includes being able to do the things you need to do and being able to cope with change and what’s going on around you. 

Health and wellbeing means different things to different people, there is no right or wrong answer. For some it is about having friends and support from others.
For others it is about feeling happy and content or keeping fit and active.

The health and wellbeing of people who live in York

Each year we review the health and wellbeing needs of all the people who live in York. This is called the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. This assessment will inform the development of future strategies, help us to decide our local priorities, and influence how we spend the money allocated to us.

The assessment confirms that overall York is a great place to live. Most people who live here have good health and wellbeing. However, this does not apply to everyone: some people in our city experience poorer health and wellbeing outcomes. This may be down to their needs, their circumstances, or simply where they live. Tackling health inequalities is likely to be a top priority for our future work.

What are we doing to address health and wellbeing needs in York?

The Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for developing York‟s first Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which will take into account the recommendations from this assessment well as other relevant recent reports, including the York Fairness Commission: A Fairer and Better York, 2011, and the Independent Review of Health Services in North Yorkshire and York August 2011. We aim to have our Health and Wellbeing Strategy in place by Autumn 2012.

York Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a group of people from different organisations in York who will meet about 4 times every year. They will work together to make improvements to the health and wellbeing of York residents. They will:

  - Know and understand the health and wellbeing needs in York

  - They will agree the health and wellbeing priorities for the city

  - They will work together to address these priorities

Who is on the Board?

The following organisations will be on York’s Health and Wellbeing Board:

  •  City of York Council
  •  NHS North Yorkshire and York
  •  Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group
  •  York LINks
  •  York CVS
  •  York Hospital
  •  Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trusts
  •  Independent Care Group

The Health and Wellbeing Board are currently working on the Health and Wellbeing Strategy which will outline their vision, aims, remit and priorities over the next three years.

Health and Wellbeing Partnerships

The Health and Wellbeing Board are working to establish four strategic partnerships to deliver their priorities. The four strategic partnership boards will be:

1.    - Older people and long term conditions

2.    - Tackling deprivation and health inequalities

3.    - Mental health and learning disabilities

4.    - Children and young people

The Children and young people's partnership already exists - this is YorOK. The other three partnerships are being set up and will be established by April 2013.

How do I get Involved?

The Health and Wellbeing Board meetings are now in public. Find out more about how to attend meetings and have your say in council decisions by clicking on the 'Council Meeting - Have your say' link above.

York Council for Voluntary Services run a number of health and wellbeing forums and partnerships bringing together community and voluntary groups, interested individuals to improve the quality of life for people in York. There are forums for learning difficulties, mental health and children, young people and families.

Key facts about people who live in York and their health and wellbeing

  • Although York is a relatively prosperous city, there is still a gap of nearly ten years in life expectancy for males between the most and least deprived communities and evidence of a gradient across socio-economic groups.
  • The most recent data available suggests that the population of York was 202,447 in 2010, an increase of 11.7% since 2001.
  • Data from 2010 shows that since 2001 there has been a 24% rise in the number of people aged 80 and over (from 8,100 to 10,047 people).
  • There is a rapidly growing black and minority ethnic population in York, due in part to the continuing expansion of university and higher education facilities within the city. Another factor is seasonal work in York‟s tourism and agricultural industries.
  • A recent study commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation study identified 92 different ethnic and national origins in the city and 78 different first languages14.
  • Four in ten disabled children live in poverty nationally and put the other way around, approximately two thirds of children living in poverty will have special educational needs. Thomas Coram Research estimates that between approx 1,000 and 2,000 children experience some form of disability in York.
  • It is estimated that at any one time there are approximately 170 individuals suffering with a mental illness for every 1,000 people aged 16 to 74 years in York.

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