Health

Access to health services

How we measure it:

  • Distance to nearest GP
  • Distance to nearest hospital
  • Distance to nearest mental health service
  • Distance to nearest pharmacy

Distance from outer boundary, with a value of zero if in the community.
(Geolytix POI pack)

Hypertension and heart failure

How we measure it:

  • GP prescription rates for hypertension and heart failure

The proportion of drugs prescribed in relation to total patients, for GPs within the community. In the case of no GP within the community, the nearest two were selected.
(NHS UK)

Diabetes

How we measure it:

  • GP prescription rates for drugs used to treat diabetes

The proportion of drugs prescribed in relation to total patients, for GPs within the community. In the case of no GP within the community, the nearest two were selected.
(NHS UK)

Depression

How we measure it:

  • GP prescription rates of antidepressants

The proportion of drugs prescribed in relation to total patients, for GPs within the community. In the case of no GP within the community, the nearest two were selected.
(NHS UK)

Obesity

How we measure it:

  • GP prescription rates of obesity medication

The proportion of drugs prescribed in relation to total patients, for GPs within the community. In the case of no GP within the community, the nearest two were selected.
(NHS UK)

Dementia

How we measure it:

  • GP prescription rates of dementia medication

The proportion of drugs prescribed in relation to total patients, for GPs within the community. In the case of no GP within the community, the nearest two were selected.
(NHS UK)

How we measure wellbeing

Our research identified nine areas that matter for community wellbeing. These areas are grouped into people, places and relationships.

People

  • Education and learning

    The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities.

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  • Health

    Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community.

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  • Economy, work and employment

    Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people.

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Place

  • Culture, heritage and leisure

    Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community.

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  • Transport, mobility and connectivity

    Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities.

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  • Housing, space and environment

    Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages.

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Relationships

  • Relationships and trust

    The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime.

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  • Equality

    Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness.

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  • Voice and participation

    Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond.

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