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 where links to detailed and specific topics are also provided. If any information is out of date, or for any queries, please contact

We have also published a short summary of key premises associated with service delivery in the local area.

Bath and North East Somerset defined

Bath and North East Somerset is a Unitary Local Authority and CCG area in the West of England. It is a diverse area comprised of the following distinct geographical regions:

  • Bath is the largest urban settlement in the area and forms the main urban conurbation, acting as the commercial and recreational centre of the district. It is home to approximately 50% of the population and is one of the few cities in the world to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Keynsham lies to the west of Bath. A traditional market town with a population of almost 9% of the total population of Bath and North East Somerset. Midsomer Norton and Radstock  are small historic market towns, located in the south of the district with approximately 12% of the total population split between them. They both have a strong heritage of mining and industry stemming from the North Somerset Coalfield. 
  • The rest of the district consists of 69 diverse rural communities of varying sizes and characteristics, including a line of villages along the foothills of the Mendips, the Chew Valley and Cotswolds villages around Bath. 


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

Population Change

The local council produces population estimates based on the current known location of new households. These estimates suggest that the population will increase from 181,000 in 2014 to 200,000 by 2024. Within this overall change we expect to see an increase in our 75+ population from 31,000 in 2014 to 45,000 by 2024. A more detailed interactive chart of population change is available on our JSNA site.

Socio-Economic Context

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

Bath and North East Somerset is one of the least deprived local authorities in the country, however despite this, there are a number of areas which are notable for deprivation. A short briefing note was recently published detailing inequality in B&NES in more detail.

Key Health and Care 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.