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About Westminster

Central London CCG covers a registered patient population of 190,000 across 35 GP practices in Westminster. However the daytime population, which includes workers and tourists, may be up to 1 million.

Our population is characterised by a large proportion of young working age residents, high levels of migration in and out the borough, and ethnic and cultural diversity.

Men and women living in Westminster have much higher than average life expectancy than London and England. Whilst many residents are very affluent, there are also residents with poorer health in the areas of social housing, predominantly focused in the northwest of the borough, who experience large health inequalities compared to the rest of the borough.

The annual Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is carried out by the local Public Health Department in partnership working between Westminster, the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham; the NHS and community representatives; and is founded on a strong evidence base of need. It provides a comprehensive local picture of health and wellbeing needs and how they may develop in the future and is focused on the needs of the population, not individuals.

The JSNA highlights a number of areas of concern in Westminster:

  • Westminster generally performs well on health indicators. However in the areas with the highest social and economic deprivation the area performs less well. This means that there are significant differences in life expectancy and mortality between and within electoral wards in Westminster.
  • The principal cause of premature death of those under 75 years of age is cancer, followed by cardiovascular disease (which includes heart disease and stroke). A significant number of people also die from lung disease. This pattern is broadly similar to the rest of the country.
  • Accidents and injuries are most common among younger residents and comprise a large proportion of total avoidable deaths.
  • Approximately a third (35%) of children under 16 in Westminster live in poverty according to official definitions, which compares to an average of 27% in London and a national average of 21%.
  • Central London CCG had the fourth highest population with severe and enduring mental illness known to GPs in the country in 2012/13 (3,306 people registered with Westminster practices).

Central London CCG works closely with the public health team at the local council to address these issues. You can find out more in the what we do section of this site.

Find out more about recently published JSNAs on young adults and childhood obesity.