What is population health?
Our health and care needs are changing: our lifestyles are increasing our risk of preventable disease and are affecting our wellbeing, we are living longer with more multiple long-term conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease – and the health inequality gap is increasing.
Population health is an approach aimed at improving the health of an entire population. It is about improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing of people, whilst reducing health inequalities within and across a defined population.
How can the population health team help?
The main aim is to increase health and wellbeing of patients through improved identification and disease management. The team plays a lead role in undertaking and facilitating holistic assessment and care for patients with long term and complex physical health, mental health, social care needs and risk profiles.
This will include attending outreach sessions in sheltered housing and community spaces, in order to speak to patients and help them with the monitoring and management of their long-term conditions.
We can offer blood pressure checks, height and weight checks, diabetes reviews and cardiovascular checks among other things. We can also offer advice on stop-smoking and weight management, as well as signposting to other members of the PCN team where appropriate, including our Wellbeing Link Coordinators.See our upcoming outreach events