Local needs

South east London has a diverse and mobile population, with extremes of deprivation and wealth

A high proportion of our 1.67 million residents live in areas that are among the most deprived in England, while a smaller proportion live in the most affluent areas. Four of the six boroughs (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich) rank amongst the 15% most deprived local authority areas in the country. The other two boroughs (Bexley and Bromley) are significantly less deprived but have pockets of deprivation in particular geographical areas.

The population is very ethnically mixed; ranging from 15.7% of the population of Bromley being from black and minority ethic groups to 46.5% in Lewisham. The age profile of the population includes a relatively high proportion of younger people, especially 0-9 years, and a slowly increasing older population, with more females than males living into older age.

The local population is highly mobile. In Southwark and Lambeth, the equivalent of roughly 9% and 10% respectively of the current population moved in and out over a 12 month period, between mid 2011 and mid 2012. Even in Bexley, the borough which has the most settled population, the equivalent figure was around 5%, compared with approximately 3% in London as a whole.

All of these factors need to be taken into account when we plan health and social care services.

The six CCGs in south east London also each carry out an annual assessment of how effectively the services they commission engage with and meet the needs of nine groups with ‘protected characteristics’ outlined in the Equality Act 2010. The protected groups are: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex (gender); and sexual orientation.

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