Health inequalities in children and young people: the case of Cumbria, UK

Douglas-Brown, Charlene (2021) Health inequalities in children and young people: the case of Cumbria, UK. Social Publishers Foundation.

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Summary: This essay is a policy and evidence review of health inequalities in children and young people in Cumbria, UK. Statistics are used to identify geographical disparities in health outcomes and relevant evidence is presented and examined to illustrate the impact of health inequalities.

Context: I have worked as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse with children and young people for several years. I found that the impact of inequalities is evident in the day-to-day lived experience of children in the most deprived communities. I wanted to provide evidence of this phenomenon using the published statistics in order to highlight the disparities across the county. Practitioners can use this information to enhance their understanding of the needs of children in this area and other areas having similar phenomena, so that practitioners can better target their services to those that need their help the most. Cumbria is situated in the far northwest of England, bordering Scotland. It has a population of around 496,000, making it the 41st most populous county in England. It has a geographical area of 6,768 square kilometers, making it the 3rd largest county by size. Cumbria is predominantly a rural area and is home to the Lake District National Park and boasts many open green spaces, including lakes and mountains. Tourism is the main source of income and employment in Cumbria, although there is a long history of industrial factories, mining, ship building and a nuclear power station along the west coast. The only city in the county is Carlisle, situated towards the north of the county. The largest town, Barrow, is situated towards the south.

Item Type: Report
Publisher: Social Publishers Foundation
Departments: Institute of Health > Nursing
Additional Information: Copyrighted by Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 10:21
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 12:45


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