Health in West London

The health of West London is assessed on a regular basis, with the aim of identifying inequalities in health and wellbeing and other factors. This data is then used to support decisions we make about our services and to help improve the health of people who live in the area.

  • The registered population is approximately 250,000. This is the number of people registered with a West London CCG GP practice.
  • The resident population has a high proportion of older adults aged 65+ (the 7th highest in London) and a smaller proportion of children (the 3rd smallest in London).
  • In Kensington and Chelsea there will be a 34% increase in the number of people aged 65+ by 2030.
  • 37% of the resident population are Black, Asian or other minority ethnicity (BAME).
  • Kensington and Chelsea is ranked 97 out of 326 districts in England using the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), where the first score relates to the most deprived district. 
  • Local health challenges include high levels of drug misuse and smoking, low uptake of breast and cervical cancer screening, and a high prevalence of mental ill-health.
  • The prevalence of diabetes is 5% in the West London CCG area compared with 6.5% across London.
  • 4% of people over the age of 65 have a recorded diagnosis of dementia.

Our plans aim to tackle these health inequalities in the borough working with our partner organisation and providers.

Our area

NHS West London CCG covers the same area as the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), with the addition of Queen’s Park and Paddington, within the Westminster City Council (WCC) area.

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The annual Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is carried out by the local Public Health Department in partnership working between Westminster, the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham; the NHS and community representatives; and is founded on a strong evidence base of need. It provides a comprehensive local picture of health and wellbeing needs and how they may develop in the future and is focused on the needs of the population, not individuals.