About the Region
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work, with a diverse mix of urban and rural areas and ready access to London as well as the South-West of England.
With a population of nearly one million, the area includes the dynamic regional capital of Bristol, the rural market towns of South Gloucestershire and the busy seaside towns and rolling countryside of North Somerset.
As the regional capital and gateway to the South West, Bristol is increasingly putting the BNSSG area on the national and international map as a vibrant and dynamic centre for creative and technology industries, a vibrant arts and gastronomy scene and a hub for forward-thinking, sustainable living. The city often features in polls of the best places to live in the UK and with its green spaces and proximity to the coast, historic buildings and diverse, village-like communities it’s no wonder that nearly half of the city’s university graduates end up staying in the area.
The qualities that make the area so diverse and vibrant also present a range of challenges to local health commissioners. These include significant health inequalities, particularly within Bristol’s younger and culturally diverse urban communities, as well as a rapidly growing and ageing population in our rural areas.
Our challenge is to tackle the health inequalities that exist, working with partners across our STP footprint to ensure that all the people we serve enjoy the best possible health.