Community Profile Essay

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BSc Nursing Studies - Adult
Teesside University

Community Profile
The Role of the Nurse in Improving Health and Wellbeing

Word Count 4117

Contents Introduction Page 3 - 7 The health improvement issue Page 8 - 10 Service Provision Page 11 - 13 The Role of the Nurse Page 14 - 16 Conclusion Page 17 References Page 18 - 25 Appendix One Appendix Two

Chapter One - Introduction
This report is an in depth community profile covering the Stockton-on-Tees area of Teesside within the North East of England. Outlining statistical information to key areas including population, immigration, age, gender,
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Like a majority of towns Stockton has a variation in housing standards, of which there are 82,400 listed dwellings in Stockton-on-Tees [ONS, 2012]. 27.1% of the Stockton-on-Tees population reside in the most deprived national quintile and 28.6% live in the least deprived [, 2011]. 43.8% of housing falls within council tax band A which is almost half of the population falling into the lowest national tax band. This figure is much higher than that national average, where 24.7% of the UK population fall into tax band A [ONS, 2012]. Cost of living has increased since the economic down turn; this in turn increased the number of people claiming out of work benefit with job losses across the nation. 18.2% of the Stockton-on-Tees residents are claiming benefit with 32% of those being aged 24 and under. This is higher than the national average of 10.4% of England's population claiming out of work benefits. People who are unemployed are reported to have a poor psychological and physical health status more often than individuals who are employed [Driscoll and Bernstein - 2012]. Relative poverty can have an impact on health and wellbeing and according to The Department of Health (DOA) (2011) 'the unemployed are more likely to take up unhealthy habits - smoking, alcohol