In the summer of 2014, the CCG launched the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme, to tackle long-standing problems of relative poor health in Hastings and Rother, aimed at tackling health inequalities by improving local services and supporting people to live healthy and happy lives.
Hastings and Rother contains the eight most deprived council wards in East Sussex. These experiences of deprivation contribute to higher rates of long-term illness, disabilities, cancer, lung disease and heart problems as compared with the rest of England.
- Men in the most deprived areas of Hastings are expected to live 9.5 years less than those in other areas of the town - the biggest gap in the south east of England.
- 29% of children in Hastings and 19% in Rother live in poverty.
- 65% of the population is estimated to be obese.
- Alcohol-specific mortality is significantly higher in Hastings than England
- 26% of adults smoke in Hastings.
- Under-18 conception rate in Hastings and Rother is significantly higher than England.
The programme aims to reduce health inequalities by improving the health and wellbeing of people in Hastings and Rother’s most disadvantaged communities. It is led by NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, and supported by a range of partners, including East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Hastings Borough Council (HBC), Rother District Council (RDC), East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) and the voluntary and community sector.
Experiences and stories from real people have been used to plan, develop and improve health and other services that benefit health for those with the poorest health outcomes.
We’re proud of the work of the programme to date and I am personally delighted that we are now able to share the learning from this work with our local partners and across our neighbouring CCG, which covers the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford areas. This means even more East Sussex communities can benefit from the innovative work Healthy Hastings and Rother has been doing to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
Our HHR programme objectives are to:
- Reduce variation in access to our quality of services
- Empower individuals to improve health and wellbeing
- Empower communities to improve health and wellbeing
- Enhance support for the health needs of vulnerable population groups
- Improve the social determinants of health
- Measure the impact of projects, the programme, evaluate and share the learning
To read more about what we are doing to reduce health inequalities in the Hastings and Rother area, and our priorities for the coming year, click here to download our latest summary (Spring 2018).
Dr David Warden
Chair, Hastings and Rother CCG