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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.

Local statistics

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:

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:

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

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:

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