Public Health

Public Health

The Council’s Public Health team is also working closely with NHS colleagues to ensure the protection of health for all of those affected by the tragedy.

This work includes the:

  • creation of registers for health monitoring of individuals who are survivors of Grenfell and of emergency services personnel
  • introduction of health effect monitoring for North Kensington residents to ensure early indications of ill-health and subsequent early public health response
  • understanding the public health impacts following the Grenfell tragedy to ensure that the health of those affected is protected and any future prevention is implemented. This involves communicating the health impacts to residents so they can appreciate any health risks involved and understand what is being done to mitigate these 
  • introduction of a public health implication assessment to ensure that all aspects of the effects of Grenfell on health are understood and that appropriate advice and information is communicated
  • delivery of a health and wellbeing survey for North Kensington so that health services provided will meet the needs of local residents both now and in the future.

If you would like more information, email PublicHealthDepartment@westminster.gov.uk

 

2019 North Kensington Health and Wellbeing Survey

Initial findings

  • This is year one of five years.
  • The survey was conducted between July and October 2019 with 1,980 residents of Edward Woods estate and these North Kensington wards: Notting Dale, St Helens, Dalgarno, Golborne, Colville.
  • The purpose of the survey is to understand the health and wellbeing of the wider community, including the impact of the Grenfell tragedy on the community.
  • The survey will be repeated each year for five years, to inform health services on trends and needs in the community.

Wellbeing

  • The mean life satisfaction score was 7.16/10 (borough average is 7.23).
  • People not in employment scored lower than those working full time (6 vs 7.7).
  • 42% experience stress sometimes, 33% most times or always, 25% rarely or never.

Health

  • 76% said their health was good, very good or excellent (borough average is 86%); 8% said their health was poor (borough average is 5%).
  • 67% said their health was the same as last year; 4% said it was much worse.
  • 28% smoke daily (borough average is 14%).
  • 43% do not drink alcohol (borough average is 52%).
  • 30% do very little physical activity (borough average is 21%).

Impact

  • 55% had one or more distressing symptoms following the tragedy.
  • 22% felt their life was extremely or very disrupted.
  • 26% still feeling distress or anxiety.
  • 36% have a renewed appreciation of life.

Community

  • 31% have a stronger personal commitment to the area.
  • 59% agree or strongly agree there is a sense of community; 14% disagree or strongly disagree.
  • 62% agree that people are willing to help friends and neighbours; 10% disagree.

Services

People name multiple services they have used to improve their health and wellbeing including:

  • Physical activity and sport services (26%)
  • GP services (7%)
  • Community centres (6%)

Activities people find helpful

  • Physical activity (37%)
  • Family and friends (15%)
  • Self care (7%)
  • Faith based (6%)
  • Social (6%)