Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

State of Suffolk report published

July 2019

Life expectancy in Suffolk remains higher compared to other parts of the country, but healthy life expectancy (the average number of years a person would expect to live in good health), has decreased in Suffolk. This suggests that although people are generally living longer lives, the additional years are being lived in poor health.

That’s according to new findings with a report – called the State of Suffolk – that was presented to this month’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

State of Suffolk is intended to provide an overview of the strategic health and wellbeing related needs in Suffolk, including the wider issues that affect local people, such as housing, employment, education and the environment.

Other findings show that whilst for the general population smoking rates continue to fall, there are some groups (such as those working in routine and manual occupations), where rates of smoking are higher than average.

The report also highlights that one in 3 people will be over 65 in three years time and that the county is expected to see an increase of 33 per cent in the number of unpaid carers.

Anna Crispe, Head of Knowledge and Intelligence at Suffolk County Council, said this report has prompted some fundamental questions around how the system will support these groups of residents in the future.

Find the full report here: If you have a question about the report or public health data in general you can contact: [email protected]