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People Experiencing Deprivation

Population Outcome: People Experiencing Deprivation in Suffolk and North East Essex have Health Equality

People living in the most deprived areas have, on average, the lowest life expectancy and can also expect to spend nearly 20 fewer years in good health compared with those in the least deprived areas. They experience not just socio-economic disadvantage, which is a determinant of health, but also have higher prevalence of disease and of many behavioural risk factors.


Gap in Life Expectancy

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


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Cost of making appointments

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Published Evidence

Pregnancy, risk factors and inequality

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Inequalities – children with long term conditions

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Inequalities – healthy behaviours

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Inequalities - Dentistry & Oral Health

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Inequalities - people living with obesity

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Inequalities – disability

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Inequalities – mental health

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Inequalities – emergency care

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Determinants of health - Work and inequalities

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Cost of Living - Cold homes & fuel poverty

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People with disabilities – impact of the cost of living crisis

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Inequalities in access to hospice care

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Inequalities - poverty and the cost of food

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Further Reading

Further Information

Our Ambition

What we know matters to people and why

What matters?Why?
I have my needs and circumstances recognised and recordedRecording and using information on experience of deprivation means that my risk of health conditions e.g. diabetes, respiratory or heart conditions, and some cancers, can be identified early, and may be prevented.
I have equality of access to health and careInformation on my rights and options for care and support, shared in the right way for me, means I can make the right decisions and know what to expect from my care.

Understanding the impacts of deprivation on my health, and actively tackling the barriers I face, means I have access to the right care at the right time.

Supporting me to manage the costs of living with health problems, and to travel to health and care services, helps me to stay well.
I receive high quality careHigh quality, culturally competent, compassionate and sensitive trauma informed care, enables me to have better outcomes for my health and wellbeing.

Understanding what is important to me means my needs and choices are met.
I am seen and heardBeing treated with respect, not experiencing stereotypes, assumptions, bias, prejudice or discrimination, means I can have trust in the professionals who provide my treatment, care and support.

Actively listening and responding to my concerns, feelings and experiences, and giving me choice and control, means my care and my care for others, is safe and effective.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will ensure information on people and families experiencing deprivation is used to inform evaluation of health risks and decisions on care.We will tackle barriers in access to, and quality of care for people experiencing deprivation, in particular long term health conditions, cancers, healthy ageing and family carers.
We will co-produce information in the languages and formats that people need, taking time to explain and making sure any information is fully understood.We will ensure care and support respects people’s lived experiences, and is delivered sensitively and flexibly.
We will co-produce awareness raising and training on the impact of deprivation on health, how structures and systems disadvantage people in deprivation, and the barriers people face; conscious and unconscious bias in health and care; and culturally competent care.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

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Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board
Joint Forward Plan
Health Inequalities


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 6 February 2024

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