Institute for Ageing

Healthy Life Simulation

The Simulation

Most cities in the UK have a wide health gap. The Healthy Life Simulation that took place at Newcastle University in September 2013 looked to address this issue.

As the Metro Map of Healthy Life Expectancy implies, most cities in the UK have a wide health gap. People in the lowest 20% of incomes will live for 18 years with a disabling condition - 10 years longer with than people on the average UK income, a long time to be suffering from often preventable diseases.

Most people are not aware of this gap and when they hear about it they agree that something needs to be done. The Healthy Life Simulation that took place at Newcastle University in September 2013 looked to address this issue. To find out how the simulation worked, download our simulation briefing report (PDF: 382KB).

Read our Healthy Life Simulation final report (PDF: 4.38MB) and find out about the future of the Healthy Life Simulation (PDF: 328KB).

In the Community

Elswick Community First Panel teamed up with Newcastle University in October 2014 to run a one day Healthy Life Simulation event for Elswick residents and people who access local projects.

In order to address the important issue of inequality in health, Elswick Community First Panel teamed up with Newcastle University in October 2014 to run a one day Healthy Life Simulation event for Elswick residents and people who access local projects. The group held the event at a local community venue; the Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road.

Using the Healthy Life Simulation toolkit, developed by Newcastle University, as a novel approach to addressing the problems of health inequalities in their community they were able to debate complex issues, identify potential community driven solutions for improving health and wellbeing, whilst also increasing their own individual skills and knowledge. As a result the group developed a set of priorities to close the gap in Healthy Life Expectancy (HLE) which are directly relevant to their community.

The People's Charter for Health and Wellbeing was presented to Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah at an event in Elswick in February 2015.

In the Media

The Healthy Life Simulation has been written and talked about extensively in the local and national press: