Improving quality of life

Quality of life is the general wellbeing of individuals and societies, outlining negative and positive features of life. It observes life satisfaction, including everything from physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, safety and security to freedom, religious beliefs and the environment.

Improving health-related quality of life must be an objective of an integrated health and care. It goes beyond direct measures of population health, life expectancy, and causes of death, and focuses on the impact health has on quality of life.

In this section

Health-related quality of life

  • Long-term mental health, long-term conditions and carers.

Managing own health

  • Proportion of people who are feeling supported to self-manage their condition, proportion of people who use services who have control over their daily life, and gap in employment between those with a learning disability and overall employment rate.

Experience of work and education

  • Staff engagement (NHS), sickness absence in the labour market, and percentage of half days missed due to overall absence in all schools.

The Barnsley Cohort Model

  • The Barnsley Cohort Model uses population estimates, levels of risky behaviours and incidence and prevalence of long term conditions in the population to predict future demand for health and care services and then model the impact of better prevention eg smoking cessation, healthy eating and exercise programmes. The model was created by Whole Systems Partnership working with the Public Health Team at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the CCG using local intelligence alongside national survey