Health Factors

Sensory Impairment

Why is it an issue? Sensory impairment can have a significant impact upon the life of an individual. RNIB (2010) predict that there are approximately 2 million people in the UK with sight loss that affects their daily life. Sensory Impairment places strain upon the health, social and the economic needs of both individuals and … Continue reading "Sensory Impairment"

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"


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"

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"