Our population Our population

Our vision is to create high quality care, closer to home for the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas

Our population is markedly different to the England average. Compared to the national population, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas are below the percentage average for those aged under 45 and over the percentage average for those aged over 50. This is mainly due to older people generally living longer enjoying more healthier lives than previous generations. 

The area also has very low levels of deprivation and very low levels of unemployment. 

The higher proportion of older people in the CCG leads to higher demand for services but need is in the expected range for most things - in fact often lower. 

The rurality of the area is a challenge when it comes to commissioning the right services as locally as possible. We cover a geography of over a 1,000 square miles meaning that some of our communities are in very rural, hard to reach areas.

The general health of our population

Whilst the health of the population is generally good there are still variations in health outcomes. A lot of risk factors can be avoided by a good diet, active lives, not smoking and reduced alcohol consumption. Therefore, prevention is key to our work and features throughout our strategic programmes.

The higher proportion of older people in the CCG emphasises the need to promote healthy, active ageing approaches as well as the need to manage demand for services. The burden of ill health is often experienced more by particular vulnerable groups such as the frail elderly, those with mental illness and those living in deprived communities. 

Minority and vulnerable groups

The population of Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby is predominantly of white British ethnic origin (97%) with only a very small percentage of the population (3%) representing other ethnic groups (Reference 2011 Census). 

However, like with any other area across the country, we have communities which are considered in the minority or more vulnerable than others. We always consider our full population and their health needs before commissioning services and do this using Equality Impact Assessments.

More information on the health of our population can be found via the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment documents: http://www.nypartnerships.org.uk/jsna 

You can find out more on our Equality and Diversity page