There are significant health and wellbeing challenges in Wigan Borough compared to the England average:
- Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average. However, people are living longer, with the number of over-65s forecast to increase by 30,000 over the next 20 years:
- 31% of children in Wigan are not school-ready for reception;
- 40% of working-age adults are at high risk of unplanned hospital admission, often with complex dependency on public services;
- Nearly 100,000 people in the borough are living in the most deprived quintile;
- A significant proportion of activity in our GP practices is socioeconomic – linked to debt, domestic abuse, loneliness, access to work, and cold homes.
It is important that we reduce demand on our local hospital, so we’ve identified the main health and social challenges facing the borough:
- Skills and workforce gap
- Lack of integration between services
- Constrained funding
- Poor health
- Increased demand on services
- Chaotic lifestyles
We need to tackle these areas of challenge differently, ensuring that we are helping our residents to be independent and enable them to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, where they can continue to do what they love to do.
We’re working on a sustainable way to overcome these challenges by creating an integrated local health and care service wrapped around GP Practice clusters.
We are joining up services to help deliver a health and social care system that is right for the 320,000 residents of the borough; taking a place-based approach by segmenting the borough into 7 areas, they are our Service Delivery Footprints (SDFs): Wigan North, Central Wigan, Hindley, South Wigan and North Ashton (SWAN), Lowton and Golborne (LIGA), Leigh, and Tyldesley, Atherton, Boothstown and Astley (TABA+). By doing this it will be easier to connect people together across the breadth of public services.
At the heart of these new plans are GP practices, with health and care services nearer to you, local people offering services you would previously only have received in hospital. At the same time hospitals will still give you the very best treatment but you may need to travel to see specialist doctors.
These changes will benefit all local people and partners.