The number of people living in Dorset is growing.
We’ll have more people living longer with more long-term conditions like diabetes and dementia. This will increase demand for and pressure on our health services. At the same time fewer of us are suffering heart attacks, strokes or major accidents.
In terms of health related behaviours, in the main we compare well to England, however they are still a major factor in preventable causes of ill health and early mortality; specifically smoking, smoking in pregnancy, alcohol consumption and obesity.
The vision is to provide local services that are centred around the needs of local people, with services designed around people, a greater focus on preventing ill-health and promoting good health, care delivered closer to home and services which are sustainable.
It will become increasingly important for people to stay well, avoid ill-health and better manage long-term conditions. To do this, the right information and support needs to be in place.