The challenges are complex. Rising demand – we think our population will grow by 15% over the next 25 years and the number of people aged 75 and over will double – escalating costs and new technologies. We need to meet these challenges, stay within budget, and improve quality.


Some figures behind the need to change

We’re gearing up to meet these challenges:

  • 40% of ill health could be prevented – around 41% of adults are overweight, 26% are obese and they’re at greater risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease
  • A recent audit found 47% of admissions to hospital could have been avoided if alternative treatment had been in place
  • The number of people with dementia is likely to double by 2035 to around 18,000
  • 3 out of 4 people with physical illness receive treatment but only 1 in 4 people with mental health problems do
  • People with severe mental health issues often suffer from poor physical health and they’re at risk of dying 10-20 years earlier than others
  • 2,400 disadvantaged Somerset families are part of the ‘Troubled Families’* programme and 500 of our children are looked after
  • 14.5% of our children have a long term illness of some kind; 17.5% have a diagnosable mental health condition



* Troubled Families is a programme for families with multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse.