Our Population

The CCG covers a population of 231,277 and comprises 26 member practices.

Below are the changes in the outline of our population since the last Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) in August 2012. In general, our population has increased in line with the forecasts made in the 2001 Census.

The 2011 Census highlighted the following:

  • Our overall population growth is faster than the average in England with projections estimating that Swindon's population could increase by 14% from 2011 to 2021 and a further 10% from 2021 to 2031
  • The growth in the over 75 and over 85 age groups has continued at a faster rate than any other age group (4-5% per annum).
  • The proportion of our population with a long term condition has remained static at 15%.
  • The proportion of our population from minority groups has nearly doubled in 10 years.
  • The gap in life expectancy between the most and least deprived has increased.
  • Life expectancy overall is better than the English average BUT the potential years of life lost for our female population is amongst the worse in England.

Our Health

In almost all areas of health, Swindon proves to be better than the English average. Where we have seen worse than average statistics, such as for teenage pregnancies and child obesity, we have successfully worked with the local community to successfully turn these figures around to better than average.

In 2011-13 the average life expectancy was 79.3 years for males and 82.8 years for females which is similar to England. The big killer diseases for us remain cancer and coronary heart disease, but overall, our mortality rate for both of these has steadily decreased to below the English average.

Pockets of deprivation and poverty

We have post code areas in our town centre with levels of poverty and deprivation amongst the highest 10% in the country. There is a clear relationship between the areas with the greatest poverty, the areas with the greatest disability, and hospital admission rates.

The gap in life expectancy between our most and least deprived areas is also growing. In the most deprived areas of Swindon, men die on average 7.2 years earlier and women 3.7 years earlier than those in the least deprived areas.

NHS Swindon Member Practices

Information as at October 2017

 
Practice List Size
Abbey Meads Medical Practice 16758
Ashington House Surgery 10318
Carfax NHS Medical Centre 14716
Cornerstone Practice 1598
Eldene Health Centre 2379
Eldene Surgery 7854
Elm Tree Surgery 7092
Great Western Surgery 5236
Hawthorn Medical Practice 12451
Hermitage Surgery 3845
Kingswood Surgery 10026
Lawn Medical Centre 7293
Merchiston Surgery 14080
Moredon Medical Centre 11450
North Swindon Practice 14767
Old Town Surgery 8357
Park Lane Practice 6575
Phoenix Surgery 4653
Priory Road Medical Centre 8568
Ridge Green Medical Centre 10716
Ridgeway View Family Practice, Wroughton Health Centre 11978
Sparcells Surgery 4048
Taw Hill Medical Practice 12761
Victoria Cross Surgery 7546
Westrop Surgery 10166
Whalebridge Practice 9910
TOTAL 235141

 

Admission rates

Our hospital admission rates are generally better than the English average, but they are rising, and in some specialties such as COPD, cardiology and for emergency admission, we are above the English average. Our figures show us that people in the greatest poverty are the highest users of hospital services, and the lowest users of the alternatives such as community care.

Teenage pregnancies in Swindon are lower than the English average, as are smoking and substance abuse amongst the young. We have a much higher alcohol related attendance at A&E amongst our young. Meanwhile, educational attainment and the health and wellbeing of our children are below the English average in seven out of the eight areas measured.

We are now better than the English average in tackling child poverty, however, children's health, wellbeing and development remain a priority and a challenge. This is an area where continuous improvement will provide health and healthcare benefits in later life.

Long term conditions

The number of people suffering from long term conditions in Swindon and Shrivenham is below the English average, with the notable exception of depression. Respiratory diseases, cancers, diabetes and circulatory diseases remain a priority as we continue to drive down the rate of avoidable deaths, and address our rise in hospital admissions.