Erewash is naturally split into two communities with Ilkeston to the north and Long Eaton the south. These market towns contain approximately 70% of the borough’s population. With a resident population of 115,400 and 51,459 households, it benefits from an established and mature Place Alliance.
In Erewash people and organisations having been working together to transform the way health and care is planned and delivered locally for many years. Around 30% of Erewash’s residents are aged over 65 and projections suggest that the area will see an estimated further 58% increase in over 65-year-olds by 2039. Increasing life expectancy in the 21st century is a sign of successful treatment and care services, as well as behavioural change. However, unless it is accompanied by increasing healthy life expectancy it will result in increasing numbers of older people requiring costly care.
Although Erewash has a lower-than-average deprivation score compared with the national average overall, it contains four of the most deprived areas in Derbyshire falling within the 10% most deprived areas in England. As a whole in Derbyshire, people in the least deprived areas are expected to live on average seven years longer than those in the most deprived areas. The health of people in Erewash is notably varied compared with the England average. Roughly 17.2% (3,395) children live-in low-income families.
Erewash Place-Primary Care Network (PCN) Alliance Group is focussing on improving primary and secondary preventative interventions. Knowing that the gap between total and healthy life expectancy increases with deprivation, the biggest health gains will be achieved by targeting resources at the worst off.
This is why Erewash PCN, which comprises of 13 separate GP organisations, is working together with Place Alliance partners – who include the acute trusts, community, mental health, adult social care, children’s services, public health, pharmacy, voluntary sector services and the local council – to address health inequalities and to improve the quality of life for all residents.