Our Population and Social Environment

NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group covers a large and dispersed geographical area and is made up of 35 member GP practices, who care for around 360,784 patients (April 2017) across a range of both urban and rural communities.

The CCG is the second largest CCG operating in the “Lancashire-12” area and within our Integrated Care System (previously known as the STP). However, it should be noted that the CCG boundary covers both Lancashire County Council and Cumbria County Council with whom strategic partnerships are focussed towards improving the wellbeing of our population and where collectively we develop and lead programmes of work to do so.

The majority of our Bay residents live in the districts of Lancaster (42%, 150,016), South Lakeland (30%, 107,167) and Barrow-in-Furness (19%, 70,242), with the remaining patients mainly coming from the Wyre (5%, 16,627), Copeland (8,696) and Craven (2%, 6,368).. Through our ‘Better Care Together’ strategy we created clusters of practices into natural communities across these districts and in which we organise our collective resources and support closer work with local residents; we call these communities our Integrated Care Communities

The population of Morecambe Bay CCG is considerably less ethnically diverse than the population of England. Black and minority ethnic groups account for only 5% of the resident population across our three localities (including white non-British).

Our registered population in the Bay is evenly split between females (50.2%) and males (49.8%) and whilst just over a fifth (22%) of the population is aged 65 or over; 28% are aged 0-24 reflecting the large student population in Lancaster. The remaining 50% are aged 25 to 64.

With the integration of South Lakeland district into the Bay CCG we see a growth in our older resident population and with predicted demographic growth over the next 10+ years expected in the over 65s; we need to be cognisant of this impact to health and wellbeing services across the Bay.

Deprivation measures show that whilst Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster are two of the more deprived districts in England; South Lakeland is at the other side of the scale and amongst the least deprived districts in England (based on the IMD 2015 average score). However we must be aware that often those facts can mask pockets of deprivation and affluence and by the nature of the age profile for South Lakeland we recognise substantial challenges from the age demographic. Whilst 45% (164,059) of the population live within some of the most affluent lower layer super output areas (LSOAs) in England (IMD 2015 quintiles 4 & 5), 32% (116,092) are living within some of the most deprived (IMD 2015 quintiles 1 & 2).

Profiles for Morecambe Bay CCG and its constituent Integrated Care Communities are available at: