Healthy Hastings and Rother

Dr David Warden, Chair of East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group

The Healthy Hastings and Rother programme was set up to tackle long-standing problems of relative poor health in Hastings and Rother, aimed at reducing health inequalities by improving local services and supporting people to live healthy and happy lives.

Hastings and Rother contains the eight most deprived council wards in East Sussex. These experiences of deprivation contribute to higher rates of long-term illness, disabilities, cancer, lung disease and heart problems as compared with the rest of England.

  • Men in the most deprived areas of Hastings are expected to live 11.5 years less than those in other areas of the town – the biggest gap in the south east of England.
  • Average annual earnings (£20,066) in Hastings are 24% lower than for the South East overall.
  • 26% of children in Hastings and 17% in Rother live in poverty.
  • 62% of the adult population of Hastings is estimated to be overweight or obese.
  • 1 in 5 Hastings adults are estimated to have a common mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression.
  • Almost 1 in 4 Hastings adults are smokers.
  • Alcohol related admissions to hospital are significantly higher in Hastings compared to England.
  • 30% of Hastings residents feel lonely living in their local area.
  • Under-18 conception rates in Hastings and Rother are significantly higher than England.

The programme aims to reduce health inequalities by improving the health and wellbeing of people in Hastings and Rother’s most disadvantaged communities. It is led by NHS East Sussex CCG, and supported by a range of partners, including East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Hastings Borough Council (HBC), Rother District Council (RDC), East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) and the voluntary and community sector. Experiences and stories from real people have been used to plan, develop and improve health and other services that benefit health for those with the poorest health outcomes.

We’re proud of the work of the programme to date and I am personally delighted that we are now able to share the learning from this work with our local partners and across the rest of Sussex. The NHS Long Term Plan commits the NHS to a greater focus on prevention and on health inequalities, by increasing the NHS’ contribution to tackling some of the most significant causes of ill health, with a particular focus on the communities and groups of people most affected by these problems. The Healthy Hastings and Rother programme’s impact and learning to date will enable our CCG to shape our commissioning plans with local stakeholders and our local five-year plan, which will deliver locally the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Visit the pages on the right hand side to find out more about what we are doing to reduce health inequalities in the Hastings and Rother area.

Dr David Warden
Chair, East Sussex CCG