Westminster

Central London CCG covers the majority of Westminster. For the Queen’s Park and Paddington area of Westminster please visit the Kensington & Chelsea services page as these are covered by West London CCG.

Westminster is a densely populated and vibrant borough at the heart of London, with a daytime population three times the size of the resident population.

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust are the main providers of acute and specialist care. Patients also use hospitals outside North West London when convenient.
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) provides community nursing and therapies.
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services.

Central London CCG annual report.

The chair of Central London CCG:

Dr Neville Purssell

Population demographics

  • 230,000*
  • The age profile in Westminster is common to other inner city areas in that it has a very large working age population and smaller proportions of children (in particular, it has the smallest in London).
  • The proportion of the total population aged 65+ is similar to London, but not as large as England.
  • Four in 10 (38%) of the population are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.
  • Westminster has a smaller black population and Asian population than the London average, but the largest proportion nationally from the ‘Arab’ group (e.g. Middle East & North Africa) and the 14th highest from ‘Mixed’ groups.

*based on 2013 ONS figures

Health challenges

  • The principal cause of premature (<75 years of age) death in Westminster is cancer, followed by cardiovascular disease (which includes heart disease and stroke). A significant number of people also die from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  • Children in Westminster attend A&E and other urgent care much more frequently than is typical for London or England.
  • In 2012, Westminster had the seventh highest reported acute Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) rate in England.
  • Westminster also has one of the highest rates of homelessness and rough sleeping in the country. This vulnerable population increases the prevalence of drug and alcohol-related conditions, as well significantly increasing the need for mental health services.