Key messages 2014

General adult challenges

  • Mental health: An expected 48,500 people with a common mental health condition and a root cause of multiple issues across health, care and society.
  • Overweight and obese: A national problem affecting 133,000 local people.
  • Physical activity: A national problem with 84,000 local people not active enough.
  • Learning disabilities: A vulnerable group with a growing population with longer life expectancy and consequent increasing health and care implications.
  • Autism: Local data needs strengthening, and the subject of a forthcoming Health Needs Assessment.
  • Under 75 mortality: There are multiple factors for geographic differentials in premature mortality, but there is a strong correlation with deprivation in Wandsworth.
  • Smoking: 55,000 local people smoke, and a key cause of morbidity.
  • Drugs and alcohol: Prevalence data on alcohol abuse is not comprehensively collected. The only data most robustly collected is at the acute care level, with admissions to hospital relating to alcohol increasing year on year. The subject of a forth coming Health Needs Assessment.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Particular inequalities exist among core groups, chlamydia diagnoses are significantly higher in Wandsworth affecting approximately 1000 people a year.
  • Tuberculosis: Overall incidence is in line with Inner London but the proportion of patients not completing treatment is below target.
  • Offender health: A direct issue for offenders with a significant impact on victims and source of perpetuating inequalities.
  • Domestic Violence: There has been a 21% annual increase in reported domestic offences, and high demand for the Brighter Futures family based programme.