Barnsley is a metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire.
- Population size: 245,199 (2018, ONS UK)
- Area: 329.2 km²
- The borough is largely rural with a large number of towns, wards and villages and now forms part of both the Sheffield City Region and the Leeds City Region.
Collectively, organisations responsible for health and care services in Barnsley spend approximately £480 million across a population of approximately 239,000.
Barnsley has consistently lagged behind the England average for health and social care outcomes. There is a marked variation in life expectancy across the borough and average life expectancy in Barnsley is lower than the national average.
The percentage of adults diagnosed with depression is higher in Barnsley at 15.8% than the national average of 11.7%.
The proportion of Barnsley residents living with a limiting long term illness is 24.4%. This is significantly higher than the national average of 16.9%. There is a high proportion of current illness in the borough that is either preventable or ‘delay-able’ and the financial benefit of reducing this matches the moral imperative to do so.
No one organisation has it in its power to change this, it requires whole system solutions where every member understands their role. To fully address this challenge, there is a need for behaviour change in the local population as well as different responses from organisations.
The Barnsley Place Plan, under the umbrella of a multi agency Senior Strategic Development Group, sets out to address these challenges. By developing partnerships at the most advanced level and by working with national partners and regulators, as well as communities, patients and carers, Barnsley Place aims to deliver real change and close the gaps that have previously haven't been fully addressed.