Director of Public Health Annual Report – Everyone in Warwickshire Counts: Valuing the Vulnerable

Released on 6th September, the Director of Public Health’s report informs local people about the health of their community, as well as providing necessary information for decision makers in the local public sector on health gaps, health inequalities and priorities that need to be addressed.

The theme of this year’s report is vulnerability and its impact on health and wellbeing.

This year’s report includes: an overview of the health and wellbeing of the Warwickshire population, and provides a focus on the theme of this year’s report; vulnerability, together with information on progress with the 2016 recommendations.

Read the report at: warwickshire.gov.uk/publichealthannualreport

Health and wellbeing is generally reported as good compared to England. This is to be celebrated – however it does mask significant variation in different areas across the county (see pages 8, 9, 10 of the report).

There have been some improvements in core areas:

– The rate of teenage conceptions continues to fall from 22.9% in 2014 to 19.5% in 2015
– Physical inactivity in adults has reduced from one in three down to one in four
– However there are areas where health outcomes have deteriorated; for example hospital admissions as a result of injuries in childhood (0 to 14 years) are at a higher level than the national figure.
– Life expectancy has been rising – but while it is good that we are living longer, much of the additional time is spent in poor health – around 12 years for men and 16 years for women. Years spent in poor health impact on families and workplaces, and increase pressure on health and especially social care services.

What do you think of the report? We welcome your feedback: surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dphannualreport2017

For more information, please read the press release.

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