Health Factors

End of Life Care

Headlines End of life care affects everyone, death comes to us all, but end of life care specifically relates to those that are likely to die within the next 12 months. Each year there are around 3,200 deaths in Wakefield. The main causes of death are cancer, circulatory disease and respiratory disease. Death rates are … Continue reading "End of Life Care"

Oral Health in Adults

Headlines Fewer adults in Wakefield visited a dentist in the last two years (75% compared to the regional average 80%). One in four (27%) adults in Wakefield describe their oral health as fair, poor or very poor, slightly more than the regional average (25%). In Wakefield, a third of adults (33%) report occasional or more … Continue reading "Oral Health in Adults"


Headlines Diabetes prevalence is increasing for Wakefield from less than 6.0% in 2009 to over 6.6% in 2014/15 The burden is unequally felt with the severest consequences experienced by our most vulnerable. Diabetes prevention services are mobilising in the area. The Population Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 10 per cent of all adults with … Continue reading "Diabetes"

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Headlines Mortalities from Cardiovascular disease is rising in the district. Rates of burden and mortality are rising in women Inequality in both morbidity and mortality between richest and poorest is growing for those experiencing these diseases The Population Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in the UK causing around a third of all … Continue reading "Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)"


Headlines More than 4 out of 10 cancers could be prevented by lifestyle changes. Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of cancer each year, followed by excess bodyweight. In Wakefield fewer cases of colorectal cancer are detected through screening than the England average, but more cases of breast cancer are detected through screening. The … Continue reading "Cancer"


Headlines Falls are increasing in Wakefield The bulk of people falling in Wakefield are repeat fallers, suggesting that there is much more we can do in terms of falls prevention Most of the people falling are aged 75 and older People in more deprived communities are more likely to experience a fall, they are less … Continue reading "Falls"

Respiratory Conditions

Headlines Asthma prevalence in Wakefield (6.7%) is significantly higher than the national average (5.9%). COPD prevalence in Wakefield (2.9%) is also significantly higher than the national average (1.9%). Asthma is more prevalent in females (7.7%) than males (5.8%), and this gap widens in the older age groups. COPD is far more prevalent in the older … Continue reading "Respiratory Conditions"

Mental Health

What do we mean by mental health and wellbeing? Mental health problems range from worries about everyday life through to serious long-term conditions. The most common mental health symptoms are depression, anxiety or panic. These are severe forms of ‘normal’ emotional experiences that affect our ability to get on with our daily lives. National surveys … Continue reading "Mental Health"

Accidents and Injuries

Headlines Wakefield has extremely high rates of hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in adults. The rate of hospital admissions due to injuries in young people (15-24) in Wakefield is the highest out of all local authorities in England. The rate of admission episodes for alcohol-related unintentional injuries in Wakefield is the second … Continue reading "Accidents and Injuries"

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions

Headlines Reducing the prevalence of risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity and obesity could help to reduce the prevalence of MSK conditions. As deprivation increases, the percentage of people visiting their GP for back pain increases. The East has higher rates of back pain than the West. 69% of people in Wakefield saw their … Continue reading "Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions"