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Starting well


Births

3,158

Births to Oldham residents in 2022.

Breastfeeding

39.7%

In 2020/21 the percentage of mothers breastfeeding 6-8 weeks after birth.

Obesity

20.0%

In 2022/23 the percentage of overweight or obese reception children.

MMR Vaccination

85.2%

In 2022/23 the population coverage - MMR for one dose (2 years old)


Smoking in pregnancy 

  • Oldham has a higher rate of mothers smoking at the time of delivery (9.6%), compared to the England rate of 8.8% (2022/23). 
Source: Public Health England
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Births

  • In Oldham there has been a decrease in the birth-rate over the past few years, which follows the national trend. However, the reduction in Oldham is less significant due to the demographic make-up. In 2022 there were 3,158 births in Oldham which is lower than the 3,326 in 2017, which equates to a 5.0% drop in births.
  • Oldham consistently has a higher proportion of babies born with a low birth weight compared to the national rate. This is linked to the higher rates of deprivation. The latest data in Oldham shows 3.8% compared to 2.8% nationally (2021).
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Source: Office for National Statistics

Teenage Conceptions

  • Oldham's rate of teenage conceptions (age 15-17 years) is consistently higher than the national average. As of 2021, Oldham's rate of teenage conceptions is 20.5 per 1,000 females, higher than the England average of 13.1 per 1,000. 
Source: Office for National Statistics
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Breastfeeding

  • Oldham has a lower proportion of babies (39.7%) that are partially or totally breastfed 6-8 weeks after birth, lower than the England rate of 49.2% (2021/22).  Whilst the Oldham rate is much lower than the national rate, there are significant variations across the different Wards.  
Source: Public Health England
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Infant and Child Mortality

  • Oldham’s infant mortality rate has been higher than GM, the North West and England rates consistently for over a decade. Oldham’s most recent rate for 2019-21 was 7.2 per 1,000, making it significantly higher than the national figure of 3.9 per 1,000 live births. 
  • There is a similar trend for Child Mortality as in Infant Mortality where Oldham has significantly and consistently higher mortality rates. The current rate for Oldham is 16.5 per 100,000 population compared to 10.3 for England.
Source: ONS
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Early Years Educational development

  • In Oldham the proportion of children that have a "Good Level of Development" is consistently below that of the England average. The most recent data shows that 59.8% of Oldham children achieved a 'good level of development' (GLD) by the end of reception year, lower than the England average of 65.2% (2021/22).
Source: Department for Education (DfE), EYFS Profile: EYFS Profile statistical series 
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Oral Health

  • 39.5% of 5 year old Oldham children have one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth. This is significantly higher than the England average of 23.7% (2021/22). Oldham's rate has been significantly higher than the England rate for all years the programme has been undertaken.
Source: Dental Public Health Epidemiology Programme for England
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Childhood obesity

  • 20.0% of reception aged children are overweight or obese. This is similar to the England  rate of 21.3%.
  • 40.1% of year 6 aged children are overweight or obese. This is significantly higher than the England rate of 36.6% (2022/23). 
  • In Oldham, the higher prevalence of obesity tends to be in the most deprived areas.
 Sources: NCMP, NHS Digital
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A&E Attendances

  • A&E Attendances have been increasing in Oldham, as they have nationally. It should be noted that Oldham has higher rates for all age groups compared to national rates. The latest data 2021/22 shows: (All figures per 1,000) 
  • Under 18 years - 441.1 in Oldham vs 439.8 nationally.
  • 0 - 4 years - 783.3 in Oldham vs 762.8 nationally.
  • Under 1 year - 1,136.5 in Oldham vs 1094.5 nationally.
 Source: OHID based on NHS Digital, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), and Office for National Statistics, mid-year Population estimates
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Accidents, Injuries
  • The rate of hospital admissions due to injuries (unintentional and deliberate) for 0-14 year olds is significantly higher in Oldham (114.2 per 10,000) compared to England (84.3 per 10,000). However, for the 15-24 year old age group, the rate is significantly lower in Oldham (78.3 per 10,000) compared to England (118.6 per 10,000) (2021/22).
Source: OHID, using HES (Hospital Episode Statistics)
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Educational attainment

  • 62.7% of pupils meet the expected standard at Key Stage 2 in Reading, Writing & Maths. This is lower than the England average of 65.3% (2019/20). There has been a good improvement in the KS2 average since 2016/17 of 46.8%. This has levelled off over the previous year, likely impacted by Covid.
  • Oldham's average Attainment 8 score at the end of Key Stage 4 is 44.1, lower than the England average of 48.7 (2021/22). 
Source: Department for Education (DfE), EYFS Profile: EYFS Profile statistical series 

Childhood Vaccinations & Immunisations

MMR Vaccinations
  • 85.2% of 2 year olds have had the one dose vaccination which is higher than the England average of 89.3% (2022/23).
Source: Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) data collected by UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

HPV Vaccinations
  • 58.3% of 12-13 year old females received the HPV vaccine (one dose) compared to 69.6% for England in 2021/22. The impact of Covid-19 appears to have caused the HPV vaccine uptake to drop compared to the previous year. 
Source: UK Health Security Agency
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16-17 NEET

  • 8.7% of 16-17 year olds are not in employment, education or training (or status is unknown), higher than the 5.2% in England (2022/23). 
 Source: Department for Education 
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health


  • Oldham's rate of 56.7 per 100,000 for hospital admissions for mental health conditions in under 18s is lower than the national average of 99.8 per 100,000
Source: Hospital Episode Statistics
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Young People's Substance Misuse
  • Oldham's rate of 36.4 per 100,000 for admissions relating to alcohol specific conditions is higher than the national average of 29.3 per 100,000.
Source: Hospital Episode Statistics
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Children's Social Care

The Children’s Social Care section reports on the demand and needs of children in need, children subject to child protection plans, children looked after and care leavers open to statutory social work and corporate parenting services in Oldham.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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Further information

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Health and Wellbeing Board

Oldham Council

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