Tackling health challenges across Oadby and Wigston was the focus of a partnership summit hosted by ELR CCG, Leicestershire County Council’s Public Health team and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council on 28 February 2018.
Stakeholders from local GP practices in Oadby and Wigston, our local GP Patient Participation Groups, Leicestershire County Council, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, a representative of the local MP, various community partnerships and the voluntary and charity sector attended the event at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
The partnership event focused on tackling a wide gap in life expectancy between those from the poorest and most affluent areas of Oadby and Wigston. We refer to this as a health inequality.
Health inequalities are avoidable and unfair differences in health status between groups of people or communities. Reducing health inequalities means giving everyone the same opportunities to lead a healthy life.
The average life expectancy for men in Oadby and Wigston is 79.9 years and for women it’s 84.1years. This is similar to the national average for men (79.6 years) and better than the national average for women (83.1years). However, latest data also shows that there is a difference in life expectancy in Oadby and Wigston for those living in the most wealthy areas of the Borough compared to the most deprived. That gap is 12 years difference for men and 10 years difference for women. This gap in life expectancy is higher than the national average taking into account the wealthiest and poorest areas.
The event was organised to ensure a partnership approach at a local level to target the issue and saw over 60 people attend.
In preparation for the event, staff from ELR CCG went out and about in Oadby and Wigston to hear their views on the issue. The Listening Booth visited 11 locations across Oadby and Wigston, and staff spoke with more than 100 people. In total, 88 people completed our survey and the findings were shared at the event. You can view the presentation here
During the event, stakeholders engaged in interactive discussion focusing on potential causes, local knowledge, individual actions and partnership solutions. This included discussing the challenges and solutions for engaging with communities living within the most deprived area of the Borough, South Wigston, as well as across the Borough as a whole. The views and ideas shared at the event are now being incorporated into an action plan aimed at reducing the inequalities in Oadby and Wigston. We will share more details of this here soon.
In the meantime, if you would like to find out more or get involved in ongoing work to tackle health challenges in Oadby and Wigston, please contact the communications team on 0116 295 3405 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org