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Giving you a voice on health and social care

Why does health and care need to change?

In Bradford and Craven we’ve got lots of different people with a whole range of health, care and support needs. People's needs and expectations are changing, so services need to do things differently in order to work better for local people.

We face big health and care challenges

Our society faces big challenges when it comes to people’s health and the services that support them.

More people are living longer and some have health conditions such as dementia, which means they need ongoing care. Lifestyle factors, like a poor diet, are contributing to growing problems such as obesity.

The growing demand for support from services comes at a time when the cost of care is increasing.

Some local stats:

  • 50,000 people in Bradford are walking around with high blood pressure, but they don’t know it. That’s enough to fill Valley Parade twice.

  • Catch breast cancer at the earliest stage and you have a 90% chance of survival. But 1/3 eligible women in Bradford and AWC don’t take up the offer of screening which is one of the best chances of catching it early.

  • In Bradford District and Craven, it's estimated that between two and three children in every primary school class and between three and four children in every secondary school class may have a diagnosable mental health difficulty.

The NHS and local councils have looked at what the challenges are for our local populations alongside the national context and worked out what some of the important priorities are:

  • Improve the health of our children and young people through reducing childhood obesity and diabetes.
  • Reduce the rates of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
  • Improve cancer outcomes by getting more people screened for cancer and spotting symptoms early.
  • Design primary care (GP services) so people can access the right care, in the right place, first time.
  • Provide high quality mental health services for all ages, including early intervention for mental wellbeing. 
  • Develop a sustainable model for urgent and emergency care services.
  • Reduce the number of people who end up in hospital when they could be cared for closer to home.

Doctors, nurses, other health professionals, and managers from health organisations are working with colleagues in local councils, and the voluntary and community sector to work out how best to meet these challenges.

Advances in technology and the way services work also mean there are opportunities for services to better meet public expectations and for individuals to take greater control of their health, care and wellbeing.

The changes that the health and care system needs to make will involve coming up with new ideas and making big decisions – your insight and experience can help make sure that the right choices are made on behalf of local people.

Have a question? See if the answer's in our FAQs.

You can read more detail about the local plans for health and care in the Bradford District and Craven plan.


Local plan for health and wellbeing