Agenda item

Rotherham Prevention and Health Inequalities Strategy and Action Plan

Ben Anderton, Director of Public Health, and Becky Woolley, Public Health Specialist, to present


Ben Anderson, Director of Public Health, and Becky Woolley, Public Health Specialist, presented the following powerpoint presentation:-


Background and Context

-        March, 2021 – Director of Public Health presented at the Health and Wellbeing Board on the features of a prevention-led system

-        May 2021 – ICP Prevention and Health Inequalities Enabler Group was established to help take forward the agenda

-        October, 2021 – Officer to support the work came into post

-        January-March, 2022 – Strategy and action plan produced and refined by the Enabler Group

-        April, 2022 – ICP Place Board agreed the Strategy and action plan


People in Rotherham live well for longer

-    Strengthen our understanding of health inequalities

·        Improve the understanding of health inequalities in Rotherham

·        Ensure that partners have access to bespoke data products

·        Ensure that data around health inequalities informs commissioning, decision making and service delivery

-    Develop the healthy lifestyles prevention pathway

·        Reduce the prevalence of smoking in Rotherham and narrow the gap between our most and least deprived communities

·        Increase the proportion of people in Rotherham who are a healthy weight

·        Reduce alcohol-related harm for people in Rotherham

·        Support older people in Rotherham to retain their independence and age well

-    Support the prevention and early diagnosis of chronic conditions

·        Reduce the health burden of cardiovascular disease in Rotherham

·        Improve the management of diabetes

·        Reduce the health burden of chronic respiratory disease in Rotherham

·        Increase the proportion of cancer diagnoses made at stage 1 or stage 2

·        Ensure people get support with their mental health at the earliest possible stage

-    Tackle clinical variation and promote equity of access and care

·     Narrow the gap in maternity outcomes for ethnic minority women and women from deprived communities

·     Reduce premature mortality for people with learning disabilities, autistic people and those with severe mental illnesses

·     Improve access to social prescribing for ethnic minority communities

·     Mitigate against digital exclusion

-    Harness partners’ roles as anchor institutions

·        Improve the health and wellbeing of our workforce across the place partnership

·        Employ people from deprived communities and inclusion groups in Rotherham

·        Increase our local spend to support Rotherham’s economy

·        Reduce our environmental impact


Prevention and HI Strategy CORE20 PLUS5 Groups

-        The Prevention and Health Inequalities Strategy has drawn from the CORE20 PLUS5 approach to identify and address health inequalities.  This means focussing on:

·        The most deprived 20% of the national population (36% of the Rotherham population live in the 20% most deprived areas of England)

·        In addition to deprivation, we know that there are other factors that drive health inequalities.  In the Development of the Strategy, several inclusion groups for Rotherham had been identified:-

Ethnic minority communities

Gypsy, Roma and traveller communities

People with severe mental illnesses (SMIs)

People with learning disabilities and neurodiverse people


Asylum seekers and refugees

Those in contact with the criminal justice system


Discussion ensued with the following issues raised/clarified:-


-        The Rotherham Foundation Trust had its own health inequalities plan which would be considered at its Board in July

-        Staggering gap in healthy life expectancy which it was hoped the preventative approach would narrow giving people better lives and better outcomes

-        A jointly funded post with South Yorkshire Sports the role of which would be exploring how to get people more active particularly in areas of deprivation and those areas of low take up of physical activity


Resolved:-  (1)  That the Prevention and Health Inequalities Strategy be noted and supported.


(2)  That the Board be provided with regular updates as to progress made.

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