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Wyre Forest health information

Health facts

Public Health England’s annual Wyre Forest Health Profile provides facts and figures on health issues such as obesity, alcohol use, mental health and physical activity. Did you know....

Life expectancy

Life expectancy for men in Wyre Forest is worse than the average across England. However, women's life expectancy in Wyre Forest is similar to the England average. Early death rates from causes such as heart disease, stroke and cancer are falling over time. However, life expectancy is 8.2 years lower for men and 7.6 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Wyre Forest than in the least deprived areas.

Child health

In Year 6, 20% of children are classified as obese. Levels of breastfeeding initiation and smoking at the time of delivery are worse than the England average.

Adult health

Estimated levels of adult excess weight are worse than the England average. More than 7000 adults in the Wyre Forest district are recorded as having diabetes.

Health structure and strategy

Worcestershire Health and Wellbeing Board membership includes representatives from Worcestershire Public Health, Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group. The Board’s remit is to oversee local health commissioning, develop strategy and co-ordinate services in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the Worcestershire population.

The Wyre Forest Alliance Board is working to create a more joined up health and care system. The Alliance Board has set up three neighbourhood teams in Wyre Forest which bring together teams of professionals who provide care and support to the registered population of a group of GP practices.

Worcestershire Health Improvement Group includes county and district council, as well as VCS and CCG, representatives. The group coordinates action to improve health and wellbeing and develops plans to deliver Health and Wellbeing Board priorities.

Worcestershire Public Health function has been part of Worcestershire County Council since April 2013. Public Health aims to protect and improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. A Public Health Practitioner is based in each district council, including Wyre Forest.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of local GPs and senior health professionals. The CCG designs local health services and procures hospital, community and mental health services. It also arranges emergency and urgent care services.

The Health and Wellbeing Forum is made up of a range of local statutory, voluntary and community organisations with an interest in tackling health issues and inequalities. To find out more or get involved please email our Principal Health and Sustainability Officer.

The Wyre Forest Health and Wellbeing Plan sets out local activity underway to tackle both county and district specific health issues. Worcestershire-wide priorities are around improving mental health and well-being, increasing physical activity, reducing the harm caused by alcohol. Additional district priorities addressed by the plan include reducing smoking in pregnancy, increasing breastfeeding, tackling fuel poverty and reducing diabetes.

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