Community Profile Essay

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1.0 Introduction Community profiles are designed to give an overview of health risks, prevalence and services at a local, regional and national level using an interactive mapping tool. The data should be used to inform commissioners of health and social care services in their decision making, leading to the improvement of health services. Health profiles are a way of understanding the life in local communities and help us find ways to make improvements by looking at the latest available data across a range of indicators. The following community health profile is a report summarizing the health of the residents of Hartlepool. Thus, the content takes a valuable look at the health issues and risk factors affecting Hartlepool residents. The report is divided into four chapters: Characteristics of geographical community, Health and improvement issue, Service provision and the role of the nurse. To best understand the data reported for Hartlepool where possible and appropriate, Hartlepool is compared to the English national statistics and the October 2011 government published white paper Healthy lives, Health people: A call to action on obesity in England. This sets out two national targets: * a sustained downward trend in level of excess weight in children by 2020. * a downward trend in the level of excess weight averaged across all adults by 2020. The report enhances the author’s professional development in light of the NMC code that outlines a nurse’s role and responsibly to facilitate health improvement and wellbeing. Section 2.2 of the NMC code 2015 states that nurses have a duty to recognise and respect the contribution that people can make to their own health and wellbeing. In addition 2.3 describes the nurse’s duty to encourage and empower people to share decisions about their treatment and care. The North East was selected as geographical

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