Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) is an inner London borough of royal status. As the smallest borough in London and the second smallest district in England, it is one of the most densely populated in the United Kingdom. It includes areas such as North Kensington (where Notting Hill is found), Central Kensington, South Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge.

Social Prescribing

West London CCG have been delivering a Social Prescribing program for the last 3 years and has seen a £2.80 return on every £1. They are also working closely with Westminster University to evaluate a Yoga4Health Social Prescribing programme.

For an overview of the current model and evaluation and economic case to commission Social Prescribing in West London CCG, which includes Kensington & Chelsea and part of North Westminster, please see Kensington and Chelsea Self Care and Social Prescribing Social Return on Investment report (January 2018)

KCSC delivers the SP, anyone over 65 can be referred by in G.P. practice into MyCareMyWay system (program). Health and Social care assistants (link workers) receive referrals through the All Things Charity Log system and this updates unified health records in the SystmOne software (created by TPP). Link workers will meet patients in the surgery or at home. Use PAM to assess individuals and put together a care plan. Always try and do a follow up, minimum yearly.

The HealthHelpNow app in K&C also has non-medical directory information on services.


At the 2011 census, the borough had a population of 158,649 who were 71% White, 10% Asian, 5% of multiple ethnic groups, 4% Black African and 3% Black Caribbean. Due to its high French population it has long held the unofficial title of the 21st arrondissement of Paris.

In 2005, the borough had more of its land covered by domestic buildings than anywhere else in England at 19%, over half the national average. It also had the fifth highest proportion of land covered by non-domestic buildings at 12%.

As of 2010, statistics released by the Office for National Statistics showed that life expectancy at birth for females was 89.8 years in 2008–2010, the highest in the United Kingdom. Male life expectancy at birth for the same period was 85.1 years. The figures in 1991–1993 were significantly lower: 73.0 years for males (ranking 301st in the nation) and 80.0 for females (ranking 129th). Further investigation indicates a 12-year gap in life expectancy between the affluent wards of Chelsea (Royal Hospital, Hans Town) and the most northerly wards of North Kensington (Golborne, Dalgarno), which have high levels of social housing and poverty.

The borough has a higher proportion (16.6%) of high earners (over £60,000 per year) than any other local government district in the country. It has the highest proportion of workers in the financial sector and the lowest proportion working in the retail sector.

In December 2006, Sport England published a survey which showed that the borough's residents were the fourth most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 27.9% of the population participate at least three times a week for 30 minutes.

A 2017 study by Trust for London and the New Policy Institute found that Kensington & Chelsea has the greatest income inequality of any London Borough. Private rent for low earners was also found to be the least affordable in London. However, the borough's poverty rate of 28% is roughly in line with the London-wide average.

The following table shows the ethnic group of respondents in the 2001 and 2011 census in Kensington and Chelsea.


Ethnic Group 2001 2011</ref>
Number % Number %
White: British 79,594 50.08% 62,271 39.25%
White: Irish 5,183 3.26% 3,715 2.34%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 119 0.08%
White: Other 40,147 25.26% 45,912 28.94%
White: Total 124,924 78.61% 112,017 70.61%
Asian or Asian British: Indian 3,226 2.03% 2,577 1.62%
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 1,203 0.76% 911 0.57%
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 1,148 0.72% 836 0.53%
Asian or Asian British: Chinese 2,592 1.63% 3,968 2.50%
Asian or Asian British: Other Asian 2,160 1.36% 7,569 4.77%
Asian or Asian British: Total 10,329 6.50% 15,861 10.00%
Black or Black British: African 6,013 3.78% 5,536 3.49%
Black or Black British: Caribbean 4,101 2.58% 3,257 2.05%
Black or Black British: Other Black 967 0.61% 1,540 0.97%
Black or Black British: Total 11,081 6.97% 10,333 6.51%
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean 1,290 0.81% 1,695 1.07%
Mixed: White and Black African 1,057 0.67% 1,148 0.72%
Mixed: White and Asian 1,863 1.17% 3,021 1.90%
Mixed: Other Mixed 2,295 1.44% 3,122 1.97%
Mixed: Total 6,505 4.09% 8,986 5.66%
Other: Arab 6,455 4.07%
Other: Any other ethnic group 4,997 3.15%
Other: Total 6,080 3.83% 11,452 7.22%
Black, Asian, and minority ethnic: Total 33,995 21.39% 46,632 29.39%
Total 158,919 100.00% 158,649 100.00%


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