Nottingham UK Healthy City



Nottingham has a population of 306,700.  It is a successful retail centre, it offers a broad range of leisure and cultural opportunities, it has two universities and it hosts both national and international sporting events. It is serviced by excellent public transport and has numerous parks and green spaces.  During the 1800s, lace making in Nottingham gained an international reputation and this was followed by the arrival and growth of a number of industries eg Raleigh (bicycles), Players (tobacco) and Boots (pharmaceuticals).

Although manufacturing has reduced dramatically, many people are now employed in the service industry (Nottingham is the base of the national headquarters for the Inland Revenue and Capital One).  There is also growing strength in the science and technology sector.  The expertise in our two universities and Nottingham’s commercial competitive advantage in this field has resulted in Nottingham becoming one of six national ‘Science Cities’.

Health and Wellbeing in Nottingham

  • Whilst health in Nottingham has improved life expectancy is still low (75.2 male, 80.3 female)
  • There are significant gaps in life expectancy between the most and least deprived communities, rising in some cases by up to 10 years.  This significant discrepancy is predominantly due to a higher than average prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
  • Over one in ten people in Nottingham have a common mental health problem, with severe mental health illness 35% above the national average.
  • A high proportion of our older citizens are living with a limiting long term illness or disability.  Older people also experience relatively high rates of avoidable injury, often due to falls.

Key Achievements

  • Nottingham has benefited from strong partnership working around health.  The new Health and Wellbeing Board and the Nottingham Plan to 2020 have brought the actions of key strategic partners to improve health and reduce health inequalities.  Cross-sector partnerships contribute to Nottingham’s JSNA.
  • Nottingham’s innovative Early Intervention approach has been recognised nationally as good practice and has led to the City achieving the Municipal Journal Award for Delivering Better Outcomes. The approach is now embedded within the Commissioning Pathway and there has been a commitment to shift an increasing amount of resource to Early Intervention in order to meet the needs of our citizens before they require high cost interventions. 
  • There have been significant improvements in Nottingham’s deprivation ranking (it is now ranked 20th most deprived, up from 13th in 2007).
  • Smoking levels have decreased from 39% in 2008 to 27.5% in 2012.
  • Nottingham has developed an excellent ‘Health Weight Strategy’ and levels of adult obesity decreased from 69% in 2007 to 63% in 2010.
  • Nottingham generates more energy locally and had the lowest total carbon emissions of all Core Cities.
  • The Campaign for Better Transport ranked Nottingham as the least car dependent city in the UK, and for a second year running Nottingham City Council was named Bus Authority of the Year at the 2010 UK Bus Awards.


Nottingham’s Healthy City Story

Nottingham became a member of UK Healthy Cities Network in 2011.   The City has successfully hosted the East Midlands Communities for Health (C4H) Network since 2009 and the learning from Nottingham’s membership of the UK Healthy Cities Network will be shared across the members of the C4H Network.

Future Plans and Activities

Nottingham plans to transform its railway station into a transport hub and is in the process of extending its world class tram system.

Developing a rolling programme to introduce alcohol-free zones to tackle street-drinking in communities that want it.

Extending our Decade of Better Health health improvement programme.

Nottingham is currently participating in a Learning Exchange Programme with the US REACH Communities.  Visitors from the US REACH projects will be visiting the City in June 2012.

Councillor Comment

"Nottingham is proud to be a member of the UK Healthy Cities Network and will be hosting the next meeting on 22/23 May 2012 when the focus will be on Planning for Health and Health Equity.  The network provides an excellent forum to share expertise."
Councillor Nicola Heaton, Nottingham City Council

Other Comment

"Membership of the UK Healthy Cities Network provides an opportunity to share good practice, learn from others and work together on shared priorities."

The UK Healthy Cities Network is an accredited member of the WHO European Healthy Cities Programme

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