Health inequalities

North Tyneside is an area where health inequalities remain a challenge.  It is identified as one of the national Spearhead areas which represent the group of local authorities with the highest levels of health inequalities in the country.

Although there have been improvements over the last few years, North Tyneside remains below the national average.1 Life expectancy for women in 2006-2008 is 80.6 years compared with a national average of 82.0 years.  For men in the borough, life expectancy is 76.6 years compared to 77.9 years on average nationally.

Inequalities in health also exist within the borough, with a gap of 9.6 years in life expectancy for men and 8.6 year for women between the most and least deprived wards.1

Heart disease, cancers and lung disease account for over two-thirds of the gap between the Spearhead areas and England.  Smoking remains the greatest contributor to coronary heart disease and stroke, with up to half the difference in life expectancy between the most and least affluent groups associated with smoking.


Anxiety and Depression

All Age all cause Mortality


Cancer prevention, screening and treatment

Cardiovascular disease


Child Poverty

Dental Health


Domestic Violence

Drug misuse

Excess Winter Deaths


Improving Children and Young Peoples mental and emotional wellbeing

Migrant Health


Older People

Pregnancy and maternal health

Severe Mental Illness

Sexual Health



Substance Abuse

Teenage Pregnancy

1 NTSP Sustainable Communities Strategy, 2010-13