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Needs Assessment

The aim of a needs assessment is to allow communities, commissioners and providers to get a single view of the facts and figures relating to local health and care services.

This page provides specific information for the your care, your way review.  For more information please visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/jsna where links to detailed and specific topics are also provided. If any information is out of date, or for any queries, please contact research@bathnes.gov.uk.

Population Density

There were 180,097 residents of Bath and North East Somerset in 2013, lower than the GP registered population of 199,660. There are substantial variations in population density within the Bath and North East Somerset area.

Fig. 1 - Population Density in Bath and North East Somerset (By Lower Super Output Area) mid-year 2013 population estimates.

Population Change

The Office for National statistics produce regular projections designed to model the future growth of the population for each local authority. These projections are based on historical patterns of births, deaths and migration. More detailed analysis, including, the likely impact of housing growth on the population will be available in Summer 2015.

Overall, the population is expected to increase to 199,100 by 2037, an increase of 12% from 2012. It is expected that the student age population will remain significant and the population is expected to continue to become older. In addition, the dependency ratio (the number of children and older people against the number of working age people) will increase from 7/13 in 2012 to 9/11 in 2037.

Economic Activity

The current economic activity rate for B&NEs is 76.7%. This is lower than the regional rate (79.8%) and the national rate (77.3%). This level of economic inactivity can be explained by the high numbers of students in B&NES. Students now represent 40.5% of all those who are inactive in B&NES (over 10,000 economically inactive students).

As of May 2014 there were 9,490 key benefits claimants in B&NES, this is a lower percentage of the working age population (8.2%) claiming key out of work benefits than the South West Region (11%) and nationally (12.9%).

Socio-Economic Inequality

In 2010 (the last time national deprivation data was produced)  Bath and North East Somerset was one of the least deprived authorities in the country, ranking 247 out of 326 English authorities. It was ranked 49 out of 56 Unitary Authorities. Despite these relatively low levels of social inequality, there are small geographical areas with notable issues, five areas in Bath and North East Somerset were within the most deprived 20% of the country across a range of data:

  • Twerton West
  • Whiteway
  • Twerton
  • Fox Hill North
  • Whiteway West

7428 residents live in these areas, representing 4.35% of the total population. This is less than England as a whole, where 5% of the population live in this group. In 2011 the Office for National Statistics revised the small area boundaries in B&NES. Updated data on inequalities is expected in June 2015, however a revised version of the 2010 data for income inequality based on that information is available.

Fig 2 - Income Deprivation % in Bath and North East Somerset Small Areas.

Service locations

The following map shows the distribution of key health service locations as they currently exist, to view in the context of population density or deprivation click 'visible layers'.

ALL DATA IS IN DRAFT FORM AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED DEFINITIVE

The local authority has also identifed an additional number of 'community facilities', which may not be providing direct health or care services but form part of the overall public service delivery environment.

Key Indicators

These key data represent an overview of selected key indicators as they relate to the Bath and North East Somerset area. Benchmarking is available against regional and national levels where available. Data is provide to most recent period available.

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