We use the Surrey Public Health Profile to understand the local needs of people in Surrey Heath. In Surrey Heath the dominant feature remains the increase in the number of people aged over 65 and in particular the increase in those aged over 85, who often experience long term conditions, depression, falls, social care needs and loneliness.

The majority of people in Surrey Heath are of working age so the CCG has to consider how to commission health care that is available both during the day and outside normal working hours. In terms of the local population there are several key groups with particular health and care needs:

  • People with physical disabilities – estimate 6,100. The CCG must ensure services are accessible particularly to support conditions that are likely to affect people in this group (falls, respiratory and urinary tract infections)
  • People with Learning disabilities – estimate 2,000. People in this group are more likely to suffer from long term conditions such as epilepsy, coronary vascular disease, hypertension and dementia.
  • Specific groups with specific health needs. Although the CCG population is predominantly white British, there are other minority groups. There are also armed forces personnel, veterans and their families living in Surrey Heath. All these groups have specific health needs.
  • Number of Carers caring for 50 or more hours per week (all ages) – estimate 1,500. The CCG recognises that carers are a key part of the community. The duty to meet carers’ needs is now enshrined in law under The Care Act 2014, which came into force on 1 April 2015.

The wider determinants of health, life expectancy and inequality Surrey Heath Borough is the third least deprived local authority in England. Life expectancy at birth is significantly higher than the national average for both men and women in Surrey Heath but variations and inequalities exist. The CCG area includes pockets of deprivation where children are living in poverty.

People living in deprived communities often need additional support to ensure they pursue healthy lifestyles, such as stopping smoking, healthy eating and opportunities for exercise. A particular focus on children and young people is required to prevent them falling into poor lifestyle patterns.