Brent is a London borough with a growing population. Brent is ranked amongst the top 15% most-deprived areas in the country, and is the 11th most deprived borough in London.

  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are the main providers of acute and specialist care.
  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust also provides community nursing and therapies.
  • Central North West London (CNWL) Foundation Trust is the main provider of mental health services.
  • Four networks have been set up (made up of Brent GP practices) to deliver extended primary care and out-of-hospital services for the Brent population.

Brent CCG 2016/17 annual report.

The chair of Brent CCG:

Dr Etheldreda Kong

Population demographics

  • 328,800*
  • Brent is the most densely populated London Borough. The population density is 75.2 persons/hectare
  • The population is relatively young with 43% of residents under 30 years old, however more than 30,000 residents are aged 65 or over
  • Between 2011 and 2021 the population aged between 65 and 74 is expected to grow by 16%, 75-84 by 16% and 85+ by 72% whilst the total population will only grow by 7%
  • Brent is ethnically diverse with 65% from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds
  • More than 130 different languages are spoken in schools in Brent.

*based on GLA (Greater London Authority)short term population projections, 2014 figures

Health challenges

  • Brent has a high number of people suffering from chronic disease and Long Term Conditions (LTCs). There was a 38% increase in the prevalence of diabetes between 2008/09 and 2012/13.
  • Hypertension, chronic heart disease and lung disease are all set to increase over the next five years.
  • The prevalence of severe and enduring mental illness in Brent is 1.1% of the population which is above both the London and England averages.
  • Brent children have worse than average levels of obesity – 11% of children aged 4-5, 38% of children aged 10-11 years
  • In Brent 46% of five-year-olds had one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth. This is worse than the England average of 28%.