Some of those are common to other parts of the UK, for example, people leading unhealthy lifestyles (smoking, obesity, alcohol related lifestyle issues). However, we also have some fairly unique challenges including the fact that 27.1% of our population is aged 65+ and population projections indicate by 2025 this will have risen to 30%. With people living longer and needing more support, particularly those living with long-term conditions, this represents a significant challenge.

For those working in the profession here it also represents an opportunity to potentially look at undertaking specialisms and or to work in an environment that will lead the way in tackling the challenges the rest of the UK will ultimately face.

You can read more about our population profile here JSNA Factsheet.

You can also read about our community health and care strategy here.