Southwark is a diverse, vibrant and growing borough of almost 300,000 people. In comparison to other places in England, Southwark is relatively younger, more densely populated and more deprived. In the 2011 census 18,978 people reported that they had a long term health problem or disability. Recent improvements include reductions in infant mortality; better care for people at the end of their life; better outcomes for people with HIV, and a rise in life expectancy. But there are real challenges and too many people live with preventable ill health, or die early. Local services often respond well to a crisis, but we have to find ways of reducing the number of people who need crisis support in the first place. We can’t just wait for people to get ill or need urgent social care, and deal with the consequences. We know we need to promote health and wellbeing, and invest our resources into prevention and early intervention.
Improving Health is committed to improving the health of our residents through providing high quality services and working closely with NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to consider how else we can support our local population.
You can see the Southwark Five Year Forward view summary on NHS Southwark CCG’s website.
You can read the full Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Southwark on Southwark Council’s website.