Key statistics and data
Cheshire West and Chester has a population of 330,200 and covers 350 square miles. The borough is located in the North West of England and includes the historic city of Chester and the industrial and market towns of Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Helsby, Malpas, Neston, Northwich and Winsford. About a third of the population live in rural areas. According to the government’s ‘Indices of Deprivation’, the overall quality of life is good for many residents; however, there are places where some communities experience multiple disadvantages.
Our population has an ageing profile, with the number of residents aged over 65 expected to increase by over 50 per cent by 2029 and those over 85 will more than double.
The Strategic Intelligence Team collects and analyses a wide range of data. Guidance and links to this data are available from our local statistics pages.
The needs and assets of the Cheshire West and Chester population
The Strategic Intelligence Team provides a wide range of information that forms the Integrated Strategic Needs Assessment ( ISNA ) for Cheshire West and Chester. This information includes a combination of statistics and the views of local people to produce a detailed picture of the borough. It is mainly used to help fund, plan and re-shape local services to ensure they meet the needs of the local community.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Cheshire West and Chester
The joint strategic needs assessment for Cheshire West and Chester Council is referred to locally as the 'Integrated Strategic Needs Assessment'. Find out more about children, young people and adults living in the borough.
Research and Consultation
The Strategic Intelligence Team also manages a variety of research and consultation projects for the Council. Further information about current consultations and the outcomes of previous consultations can be found at:
- Consultation and research findings: reports from consultation and research
- Council consultations: see what issues the Council is seeking views on
- View West: our Citizens' Panel of
2,500 residents who assist with a range of research and
consultation for the Council
Annual Public Health Report
The Annual Public Health Report is an independent report of the health needs and issues of the local population. It is the Director of Public Health’s professional statement about the health of local communities, based on sound epidemiological evidence, and interpreted objectively.
The Director of Public Health’s Annual Report should:
- Contribute to improving the health and well-being of local populations.
- Reduce health inequalities.
- Promote action for better health, through measuring progress towards health targets.
- Assist with the planning and monitoring of local programmes and services that impact on health over time.
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
We are currently consulting on pharmacy services in West Cheshire to inform the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2015. Take part in the survey:
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment ( PNA ) for Cheshire West and Chester describes the need for pharmaceutical services in the area. It sets out how these needs are currently being met by our community pharmacies and any potential gaps in service. The Council’s area includes parts of the former Primary Care Trusts ( PCT s) of NHS Western Cheshire and Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT so there are currently two PNAs to be considered when assessing the pharmaceutical needs of the population. A new PNA for Cheshire West and Chester will be produced on or before April 1st 2015:
- Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA): NHS Western Cheshire with supporting documents (PDF, 2.2MB)
- Central and Eastern Cheshire PNA
- Central and Eastern Cheshire PNA supporting documents
Where to find help
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: Strategic Intelligence Team, Public Health, HQ, Second Floor, Nicholas Street, Chester CH1 2NP
- Telephone: 01244 977020