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Welcome to the Chiltern Vale locality profile page. Here you can find in-depth information about the health of local residents including facts and figures on population, diversity, life expectancy, health inequalities, health behaviours and variations between GP practices.

Key facts in Chiltern Vale’s report

Children and young people:  

• It is estimated that 400 children aged 5-10 and 610 aged 11-16 in Chiltern Vale have a mental illness. Mental illness is more prevalent in boys than girls
• 7% of Year 10 children (14-15 year olds) were exposed to tobacco smoke at home and 12% were exposed to tobacco smoke in the car. 23% of new born babies lived with a smoker in Chiltern Vale. Antenatal clinics should ensure pregnant smokers are referred to the ‘Smoke Free Baby and Me’ programme or the Stop Smoking service. Health professionals should promote the Smokefree Homes and Cars programme that was re-launched in June 2014
• Some GP practices had rates of breastfeeding which were significantly below the Bedfordshire CCG average. Whilst breastfeeding support needs to be available to all women antenatally and postnatally, additional support is required for the mothers least likely to breastfeed including those from more deprived areas and teenage mothers
• Chilton Vale did not achieve most of the targets for vaccinations at two and five year olds, and some GP practices did not achieve the targets for one year olds either. Work should be done to improve uptake of childhood immunisations with the local public health team, Public Health England and NHS England

Adults and older people: 

• In Chiltern Vale 6,170 people are over 75 years old (7.8% of total population) and 1,536 (1.9%) are over 85 years old. Extrapolating, we project an increase of 350 of over 75s from 2013 to 2017. The proportion of older people varies by GP practice, from 4.3% to 11.1% of the practice population. With the growth in the number of older people in the community, prevention and self-management are important priorities for health and social care teams
• Of the 6,170 over 75s in Chiltern Vale, just over 2,800 are estimated to live alone. Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being linked to poor physical and mental health. Joined up working between social care and health is needed to identify this cohort and address social isolation, prevent mental health problems and manage long-term conditions
• Emergency admissions for Ambulatory Care Sensitive conditions can be reduced with effective community and primary health care. In 2013/14 there were 187 spells for influenza and pneumonia, 66 for congestive cardiac failure and 162 for COPD, costing a total of £1.3 million for all three conditions
• Chiltern Vale achieved the 75% flu vaccination target for over 65s in 2013/14, it is important this success is sustained
• There are an estimated 870 people living with dementia in Chiltern Vale. GP Practices should review their dementia registers and compare with the predicted prevalence to quantify unmet need. Identifying and diagnosing dementia ensures that patients and their carers can access the appropriate care and support 

For the 2014 locality profile (2013 data) click here.  

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