Released Wednesday 6 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.
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.
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.
Dr John Linnane, Warwickshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “I have chosen vulnerable groups as the focus of my report this year as I am concerned that, whilst the health and wellbeing of the Warwickshire population in general has seen significant improvements over recent years, the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups continues to lag behind. We want everyone in Warwickshire to experience good health and wellbeing. To make this a reality we need to focus attention on those who are at greatest risk of harm and enable them to achieve their aspirations.”
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “We must strive continuously to ensure that those in the greatest need have access to the personalised support and services they need, to enable them to live fulfilling independent lives. This will improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people and also makes good financial sense for public services . If we can prevent vulnerability or intervene earlier to reduce its impact, we can save money in the longer-term and improve health outcomes.”
The report is available at: warwickshire.gov.uk/publichealthannualreport
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