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Health Needs Assessment - Cancer - January 2015

This report uses currently available information relating to cancer to support Commissioning and Monitoring of cancer services. It highlights variation in cancer prevalence, incidence, hospital admissions, and access to screening services across Norfolk and Waveney.

This report looks at the local variation between Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or local authority where appropriate. Where it is possible, local data has also been compared to national or regional figures.

It will also be useful to compare with situations and services and pathways in other parts of the country, to understand whether patients and clients get equitable care.

The information contributes to a wider assessment of population–based need, which also requires discussion with commissioners, service providers, patients, carers and others, to:

  • Evaluate existing services,
  • Understand capacity and pathways, in relation to evidence of best practice,
  • Understand patient perspectives and
  • Take account views of patients and their carers on different aspects of care and support.

Find out more: View Cancer Health Needs Assessment - January 2015

Eye health

Health Needs Assessment - Eye health and sight loss - May 2014

The number of people in the UK with sight loss is set to increase dramatically. It is predicted that by 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly four million. It is predicted that by 2020 the number of people with sight loss will rise to over 2,250,000.

The prevalence of sight loss increases with age, and the UK population is ageing. In addition there is a growing incidence in key underlying causes of sight loss such as obesity and diabetes. This means, that without action, the number of people with sight problems in the UK is likely to increase dramatically over the next 25 years.

The aims of the Eye health and sight loss needs assessment are:

  • To inform the planning and delivery of services for reducing inequalities related to eye disorders in Norfolk and Waveney.
  • To gather information to plan, negotiate and change services for the better and to improve health in other ways.
  • To build a picture of current services, i.e. a baseline.
  • To encourage discussion on why services might need changing for the better?
  • Supporting Evidence to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Find out more: View Health Needs Assessment - Eye health and sight loss - May 2014

Sexual health

Sexual Health Commissioning Needs Assessment in Norfolk - 2013

Following recent changes to the sexual health commissioning, the Public Health team at Norfolk County Council has recently completed a Sexual Health Commissioning Needs Assessment for Norfolk, working with key stakeholders in the County. The main objectives of the needs assessment were to look at the epidemiological data on sexual health, working with service providers and service users to identify the current gaps and make recommendations to improve services available to Norfolk population through a fully integrated sexual health service.

The national data from Public Health England, Health and Social Care Information Centre and Office for National Statistics was used to assess the wider population needs related to sexually transmitted infections, Teenage pregnancies, termination of pregnancies and contraception. In addition, wider stakeholder event has taken place to discuss the service provider issues and a service user views were collected using a questionnaire based survey.

Find out more: View Sexual Health Commissioning Needs Assessment in Norfolk - 2013

Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing

Mental illness affects people in all ages and stages of life, across society, impacting upon family life, friends and relationships, education, finding work, working, caring for others, leisure pursuits and retirement, as well as the impacts purely characteristic of the disorder.

Find out more: View our Mental health and wellbeing page

Dental health

Demographics and socioeconomic features of the population of Norfolk relevant to oral health

Norfolk's population is set to increase by over 10% during the next decade, with more significant increases in adult and older age groups than among children. There are already higher proportions of older people in Norfolk, particularly North Norfolk than in England generally. Older people are more likely to have complex dental care needs due to treatment patterns earlier in their lives.

Ethnic groups in Norfolk are in lower proportions than seen elsewhere in the country. As a result, a lack of general awareness of specific cultural or language needs could be preventing people from ethnic minorities accessing dental care.

There is a well established link between deprivation and poor oral health. This can be mapped geographically although there is variation within communities, families and between individuals. While most of the county tends towards affluence rather than poverty, there are areas of deprivation within the NHS Norfolk area concentrated in Kings Lynn, Norwich and Thetford.

Read the full report: Oral Health Needs Assessment NHS Norfolk 2010-2013

Read the executive summary: Oral Health Needs Assessment NHS Norfolk 2010-2013 | Executive Summary


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