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From the national Health Survey for England, 81% of York’s population stated that they have good or very good health. 4.8% stated they have bad or very bad health, lower than regionally (6%) or nationally (5.6%).

92% of York’s Black and Minority Ethnic population consider themselves in good or very good health, higher than the White British population at 83%.

95% of the full-time students in York are in good or fair health.

18% of those who have never worked and 9% of those with a routine occupation consider themselves in bad health compared to 4.8% of the general population.

An NHS England evidence pack about primary care provides a range of national headline figures and shows that in general terms, the UK has an ageing population with increasing levels of need and in England, 5 in every 1,000 people are in a nursing home and 51 in every thousand claim disability allowance (NHS England, 2013).

The same report highlights that the prevalence of long-term conditions such as coronary heart disease or diabetes continue to increase. Across England, the number of General Practitioner consultations has consistently increased year on year which demonstrates an increased demand on General Practices and emergency admissions for acute care cases that should not usually require hospital admission are also increasing. This increased demand has implications for the provision of local services.


Long term health problems and disabilities

York is 2nd lowest in the region for where there is one person in a household with a long-term health problem or disability with dependant children (3.2%). 19.8% of these households have no dependant children, 3rd lowest in the region. York therefore has lower levels of disability than regionally and nationally.

City of York Council are working closely with the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group on establishing Neighbourhood Care Teams. This will help to better support people with long term conditions and those who have returned home from hospital.


Day to Day Limitations

Approximately 15% of the population of York – about 30,000 people - has a long-term health problem which limits day-to-day activities either a little or a lot.  Of those, just under 7% of the population – about 13,000 people -  are limited a lot in day-to-day activities due to their long-term health condition.

This is lower than regional (9%) and national (9%) estimates of disability. However this still represents 13,000 people. There is a question as to whether we fully understand who they are and what their needs are.

Across York, 82% of those who are limited a lot in day-to-day activities and 75% of those limited a little are over 50 years of age (Office for National Statistics).  The full range of Office for National Statistics data based on the 2011 Census can be accessed here

24% of over 65’s have a health problem or disability which limits their day to day activities a lot. 3% of those aged 0-24 have limitation in day-to-day activities, and of those aged 25 to 49 it rises to nearly 8%. It reaches 81% within those 85+.

5% of those with good health and 61% of those with fair health have limitation in day to day activities. 53% of those who have never worked have limitation in day-to-day activities compared to 18% of those with a stated occupation. Only 4% of full time students have any limitation.

33% of the 16,829 people who have a limitation in day to day activities are economically active compared to 11% of those with a lot of limitation. Almost a third of both groups work part time.

The highest ranked ward for long term health or disability is Huntington and New Earswick which is in the highest 30% nationally (Office for National Statistics, 2011 Census).


This page was last updated on 17 July 2015
This page will be reviewed by 17 July 2016