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Milton Keynes city has circa 329,300 patients registered across its 27 GP Practices.  The Milton Keynes area is a mixture of urban and rural areas containing distinct towns and villages.

Population projections

Milton Keynes Council estimate that by 2050, circa 410,000 people will live in Milton Keynes.  Milton Keynes has thrived by welcoming newcomers from all parts of the world and its diversity is an immense strength and much of the future growth will come from its children, and their children, building their families within the area. 

Milton Keynes’ People

Around 90% of the population live in Milton Keynes itself, although the city only covers 20% of the land area. The remaining 10% of the population live in the borough’s rural areas which includes a number of rural villages and the small town of Olney.

The population is young with 27% of residents 19 or younger and 140 languages are spoken in Milton Keynes. The population is ethnically diverse with over a quarter from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups. 

There are 4 Lower Super Output Areas in Milton Keynes which are within the most deprived 10% in England, they are from Woughton Ward (100% of Beanhill, 85% of Leadenhall, 80% of Coffee Hall and 75% of Netherfield). In addition there are 35 areas within the most deprived 30%. There are 9 areas within the lead deprived 10% and a total of 35 in the least deprived 30%.

Milton Keynes’ Health

Life expectancy is increasing in Milton Keynes, but is slightly below the national average, by 0.2 years for females and 0.4 years for men.  The average difference in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas in Milton Keynes shows a gap of 7.9 years for males and 7.6 years for females. 

Death from causes considered preventable is declining but remains significantly higher than similar areas, particularly from cancer.  There is a high number of deaths from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and more years of life are lost to smoking related illnesses. 

Cancer is also an increasing cause of early death in Milton Keynes, especially colorectal cancer, and notably among women, where levels are rising compared to a declining national trend. Stroke is also a factor.  Hospital admissions for cardio-pulmonary disease, and admissions for asthma in under 19s, are both high in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes’ Priorities

Our place partners’ priorities are set out in place and health and wellbeing plans, and they align closely with our Health and Care Partnership priorities.   View the strategy.

Reducing inequalities: with a focus on reducing smoking amongst more disadvantaged communities.

Physical activity: supporting children and young people to become more active; reducing heart disease, cancer and stroke; supporting older people to stay healthy and maintain independence.

Mental Health: helping children and young people, raising awareness and support for people with mental illness, strengthening social support/networks to reduce isolation and support mental health.

What success looks like

  • Improved overall health and social wellbeing
  • Earlier intervention with Children and Young People mental health teams
  • Decrease in excess weight
  • Appropriate primary care attendance for review and measurement
  • Increase use of the skills of the wider PCN team to reduce demand in the system
  • Proactive referrals into system partner services
  • Optimal management of hypertension
  • Lower prevalence of obesity, high blood pressure or elevated HbA1c
  • Increase smoking quit rates
  • Uptake of cancer screening, NHS Health Checks, reduced risk of premature death
  • A happy and thriving workforce reflecting the demographics of the local population

Read more about our priorities and enablers


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