Exciting Job Opportunity – Senior Intelligence Analyst (JSNA) Vacancy

Working jointly across Business and Commissioning Intelligence and Public Health, the successful candidate will be undertaking research and information analysis in support of effective commissioning and business intelligence activity that supports the programme of work that contributes to the JSNA. The job holder will work alongside commissioners and other intelligence colleagues to develop robust insight to inform needs analysis to support commissioning decisions

Further details of the role, person specification, and application form are available from our job site, West Midlands Jobs

The closing date for applications is 9th September 2014.

Is your health worse depending on what job you do? Health Inequalities in Warwickshire, 2011 Census

Health Inequalities InfographicHealth outcomes have been shown to vary markedly between people depending on their socio-economic position based on occupation. Socio-economic position is a good indicator of the general living conditions, access to goods and services, career development prospects, educational attainment, salary range, disposable income, wealth, assets and social standing: Such factors are important drivers of well-being and health.

The infographic presented here looks at  rates of ‘Not Good’ health between groups of people based on their socio-economic class from the 2011 Census. People with different occupations and socio-economic statuses report different levels of health. These differences can be described as the health gap or inequality and can be compared between classes in the same geographical location, between areas and between men and women.

An examination of the rates of ‘Not Good’ health from the 2011 Census show there was a pattern of deteriorating health with increasing disadvantage associated with the socio-economic position of the occupation.

Routine workers in Class 7 had the highest rates of ‘Not Good’ health nationally, regionally and at local authority level for both men and women. Conversely, the most advantaged higher managerial and professional class (Class 1) had the lowest rates of ‘Not Good’ health. Continue reading

Achieving Social Inclusion Across Warwick District

Achieving Social Inclusion across Warwick District

Earlier this year,  a steering group convened by Warwick District Council commissioned the Observatory to produce an index to assess the scale and distribution of social exclusion in Warwick District. This evidence base will support the District and other partner agencies in reviewing their approach to improving social inclusion.

With the need to understand the geographical spread of social exclusion issues, our analysis focuses on spatial data.  However, there was also a recognised need to understand where specific themes may require more attention than others; therefore, the analysis is based upon producing a model that describes social exclusion at a local level whilst also identifying overarching themes that require district-wide attention.

The 53 indicators used in the index were grouped into the following 7 themes:

  • Isolation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Children and Young People
  • Income and Labour Market
  • Housing and Homes
  • Crime and Community Safety
  • Communities of Interest

The map and table below show the top ten areas that are most socially excluded across Warwick District according to this bespoke index.

Index of Social ExclusionLillington East in Crown ward is the most socially excluded area on the index. It is the worst performing area for two of the seven themes (Income and Labour Market and Children and Young People) and features in the top ten for five of the seven indicators. This area exhibits a wide range of exclusion related issues rather than a handful of problems which exist elsewhere.

Map of social exclusionOne of the benefits of producing the index at a very local level is areas are identified that may have been previously masked when looking at data at a higher level.  This is the case for the two Sydenham areas (ranked 3rd and 4th on the index) which sit within Willes ward. Sydenham North is the worst performing area in the District for two themes (Health & Wellbeing and Communities of Interest) and both areas have a diverse population in terms of the proportion of residents born abroad and ethnicity.

Half of the areas in the top 10 are in Brunswick ward. Stoneleigh is the first rural area to feature on the index as the 8th most socially excluded area in the District.

For more of the key messages and to access the report, please click on the link below:

Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Report

Warwick District Social Exclusion Index Appendices

The steering group have created a short project feedback survey for the Social Inclusion Index work.  Please could you spare a few minutes to let us have your feedback on the work and how you plan to use it by clicking on the link below:


Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 by local areas in the UK, 2006-08 to 2010-12

Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 by local areas in the UK, 2006-08 to 2010-12The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published male and female period life expectancy at birth and at age 65 for the United Kingdom and local areas within the four constituent countries. Figures are presented for the period 2010–12, with those for the periods 2006–08 to 2009–11 for comparison purposes.

Period life expectancy at a given age for an area is the average number of years a person would live, if he or she experienced the particular area’s age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life.

Life expectancy at birth has been used as a measure of the health status of the population of England and Wales since the 1840’s. It was employed in some of the earliest reports of the Registrar General to illustrate the differences in mortality experienced by populations in different parts of the country.

Life expectancy figures are widely used by local health planners in monitoring health inequalities and in targeting resources to tackle these inequalities in the most effective manner. They also help to inform policy, planning and research by the Department of Health and Public Health England, devolved health administrations, local and unitary authorities, and private pensions and insurance companies.

In England, the Department of Health’s Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), sets out its vision for public health, desired outcomes and the indicators that will help in understanding how well public health is being improved and protected. PHOF uses the difference in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy between communities as one of two high level outcomes for monitoring population health.

Key Facts

  • The inequality in life expectancy at birth and at age 65 between the local areas with the highest and lowest figures decreased for males and females between 2000–02 and 2010–12.
  • The majority of local areas in Scotland (72%) were in the fifth of local areas in the UK with the lowest male and female life expectancy at birth in 2010–12. Conversely, only 15% of local areas in England were in this group.
  • In 2010–12, male life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset (82.9 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (72.6 years).
  • For females, life expectancy at birth was highest in Purbeck (86.6 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (78.5 years).
  • Approximately 91% of baby boys in East Dorset and 94% of girls in Purbeck will reach their 65th birthday, if 2010–12 mortality rates persist throughout their lifetime. The comparable figures for Glasgow City are 75% for baby boys and 85% for baby girls.
  • Life expectancy at age 65 was highest for men in Harrow, where they could expect to live for a further 20.9 years compared with only 14.9 years for men in Glasgow City.
  • For women at age 65, life expectancy was highest in Camden (23.8 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (18.3 years).

Key Facts – Warwickshire (2010-12)

  • Male life expectancy at birth was 79.8 years, for females it was 83.8 years.
  • Male life expectancy at age 65 was 18.9 years, for females it was 21.7 years.

Key Facts – Warwickshire Districts & Boroughs (2010-12)

  • Male life expectancy at birth varied from 78.2 years in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough to 81.0 years in Stratford-on-Avon District. Female life expectancy at birth varied from 82.3 years in North Warwickshire Borough to 84.9 years in Stratford-on-Avon District.
  • Male life expectancy at age 65 varied from 17.6 years in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough to 19.8 years in Stratford-on-Avon District. Female life expectancy at age 65 varied from 20.3 years in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough to 22.7 years in Warwick.


Census Profiler Update – Safer Neighbourhood Areas Added

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Due to a number of requests from users, we have made some more adjustments to our excel-based 2011 Census small area profiling tool and added in the geography of Safer Neighbourhood Areas (as well as Children’s Centre areas a few months ago). 

This tool allows you to generate your own 2011 Census profiles bringing together themes such as population, housing, ethnic background, religion, heath, education and employment at a number of different Warwickshire geographies including:

    • ONS geographies: Output Area, Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) and Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
    • Wards
    • Localities
    • Electoral Divisions
    • Parishes
    • Children’s Centre Areas
    • Safer Neighbourhood Areas
    • District/Boroughs
    • Warwickshire
    • National & West Midlands Region comparators

The updated Census Profiler tool can be accessed using the link below:

2011 Census Small Area Profiler (June 2014)

NB: Please be aware this is a large file so it will take a few minutes to download.

Key facts and trends in mental health, 2014 update

Key facts and trends in mental health - 2014 update

The third edition of the Mental Health Network factsheet giving an overview of the major trends and challenges facing mental health services has been released. Compiled from a wide range of sources, this updated factsheet sets out available data reflecting new figures, statistics and resources relating to:

• investment in services
• trends in morbidity
• suicide and homicide rates
• service activity
• use of mental health legislation
• mental health of children and young people
• service user experience
• inequalities experienced by people with mental health problems
• workforce and staff satisfaction

Key Facts

• In 2011/12, investment in mental health services for adults of working age (aged 18–64) dropped by 1 per cent in real terms from the previous year.
• The 2007 adult psychiatric morbidity survey found that the proportion of the English population aged between 16 and 64 meeting the criteria for one common mental disorder increased from 15.5 per cent in 1993 to 17.6 per cent in 2007.
• There were nearly 1.6 million (1,590,332) people in contact with specialist mental health services in 2012/13.
• 105,224 service users (6.6 per cent of all service users) spent time in hospital at some point in the year. This is a small increase from 6.3 per cent of all service users in 2011/12.
• People in contact with NHS funded adult specialist mental health services spent over 8 million (8,133,764) days in hospital in 2012/13 – an increase of just over 515,000 bed days from 7,618,269 in 2011/12.
• In 2012/13, there were 50,408 detentions under the Mental Health Act. This is 4 per cent (1,777) greater than during the 2011/12 reporting period.
• Between one in 12 and one in 15 children and young people are thought to deliberately self-harm.
• There were 3,626 inpatient admissions for child and adolescent psychiatry specialties in 2011/12, compared to 3,136 admissions in the previous year – a 15.6 per cent increase.
• Taking an inclusive definition of a mental health problem, which includes people with alcohol or illicit drug dependencies as well as conditions such as psychosis, about 42 per cent of all cigarettes smoked by the English population are smoked by people
with a mental health problem.
• Around 30 per cent of those suffering from a long-term physical health condition also have a mental health problem.

Longer Lives

PH logoThe Public Health England website ‘Longer Lives’ has been updated. It allows people to easily see local information for the West Midlands on early deaths from major killers like cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung and liver disease and how they vary across the country.

Using a traffic-light rating system, it ranks areas showing those above average in tackling avoidable deaths as green, while those that still have more to do, are red. The website contains a range of data that allows people to easily compare an area’s mortality against those with similar populations, incomes and levels of health. Overall it shows that the north of England has a higher risk of early death than the south, but when comparing areas of a similar socio-economic status, it reveals a more complex picture.

Key Facts – England

  • In 2012, one in three deaths in England was defined as being premature which refers to deaths under the age of 75.

Key Facts – Warwickshire

  • There were 4,563 premature deaths in the three year period 2010-12 which equates to approximately 30% of all deaths.
  • The county ranks 39th out of 150 local authorities for overall premature deaths per 100,000 population for 2010-12.
  • Compared to the national picture Warwickshire is doing well on most mortality indicators other than liver disease where it is ranked 47th.
  • The county ranks 11th out of 15 when compared to similar local authorities for overall premature deaths.