Crime, Recovery and Treatment

It has been suggested that drug users are more likely than non-users to commit criminal offences.

Research studies have found that acquisitive crime such as stealing is commonly linked to offenders of these crime types testing positive for drug use. Treatment for drug using offenders has been measured using a Value For Money (VFM) tool, which demonstrates that crime falls and health improves when people are in drug treatment.

A report has been produced, focusing on drug related criminal activities across Warwickshire for 2012/13. A link to this report can be found below.

Crime, Recovery & Treatment in Warwickshire 2012-13

Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future

Public Health 2013 coverThe Public Health Intelligence Team has been working extremely hard since April this year to produce the 2013 Director of Public Health Annual Report entitled ‘Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future’ which was presented to the County Council Cabinet on 12th of September.

The theme of this year’s report is a reflection on some of the longer term trends in health over time and the types of action we can take now to promote and protect the health of people in Warwickshire in the future.

With the responsibility of public health moving into local government, this presents a real opportunity to tackle these issues through a more collaborative approach. The report is a vehicle for informing local people about the health of their community, as well as providing the necessary information for decision makers in local health services and authorities on health gaps and priorities that need to be addressed.

Whilst the health of Warwickshire is generally better than England, there are some stark reminders that Warwickshire still requires improvement, such as:

  • 1,600 children are estimated to have started smoking in Warwickshire last year
  • 1 in 5 mothers are estimated to be smoking at the time of delivery which increases the risk of infant mortality by an estimated 40%
  • 68% of parents who smoke admit to doing so in the car with their children present
  • Life expectancy is 2.9 years lower for men and 1.3 years lower for women in the north of the County than those in the south
  • Cancer causes the largest proportion of deaths in Warwickshire (1,412 deaths, 28.5% of all deaths). It is estimated that up to half of all cancers could be prevented by changes in lifestyle behaviours

The report can be downloaded here.

This year, Dr John Linnane is keen to gain views on his annual report. If you would like to comment or give some feedback, please do so by filling out the short survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/publichealthwarwickshire

Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report 2012

The Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report 2012 – 1 in 3: The Picture of Ill Health in Warwickshire has been published in conjunction with the launch of the new Public Health Warwickshire website.

The 2011 report focused on the lifestyle of Warwickshire people and this report begins to look at the effects of lifestyle has on health and wellbeing in the County.

Chronic ill health can affect people at all ages, but predominately exists within older age groups, and can be a major contributor to frailty. We are all living longer related to our increasing affluence though not usually into a healthy old age.

Examples of long term conditions in Warwickshire include high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. People live with these conditions for many years, often decades, which can impact on their quality of life.

The 2009 General Lifestyle Survey showed that, nationally, 15 million people (1 in 3 of those aged over 16) are living with long term conditions which account for:

  • 50% of all GP appointments
  • 60% of outpatient appointments
  • 70% of all inpatient bed days
  • Around 70% of the total health and care spend in England (£7 out of every £10) is attributed to caring for people with long term conditions (LTCs). This means that 30% of the population account for 70% of the spend.

This year’s report is available to view on the Public Health Warwickshire website or can be downloaded in full here: 2012 Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report.

summary report can also be downloaded.

Any comments or feedback you may have regarding the report, should be directed to:

publichealthintelligence@warwickshire.nhs.uk

Welcome to Gemma McKinnon, our new trainee Public Health Analyst!

A big warm welcome to Gemma McKinnon, the Observatory’s new trainee Public Health Analyst.

Gemma joined the team in August after graduating from Coventry University with a 2:1 (hons) in Geography BSc. She wanted to join the Observatory team so that she can continue researching and developing her analytical skills and the trainee analyst role should allow her the opportunity to do this, both within local Government and public health.

She feels it is an exciting time to join as there are plenty of changes afoot in public health. Her main focus will be providing specialist public health intelligence input across NHS Warwickshire, Warwickshire County Council and partners which will include providing analytical expertise, statistical guidance and research advice to support health related commissioning and decision making.

Gemma’s contact details are below:

Email: gemma.mckinnon@warwickshire.nhs.uk           Tel No: 01926 413753

2011 Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report – Profiles

In conjunction with the 2011 Annual Report of the Joint Director of Public Health, a series of profiles have been drawn up to give more detailed information about the priority areas for 2011 for each of the Districts and Boroughs within Warwickshire. The five priorities being: obesity, alcohol, cancer & screening, mental health & wellbeing and health protection – sexual health.

The profiles have now been published and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

North Warwickshire Borough Profile 2011

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Profile 2011

Rugby Borough Profile 2011

Stratford on Avon District Profile 2011

Warwick District Profile 2011

Release of Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report 2011

The Public Health White Paper ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England’ reinforces the core public health philosophy that everyone, including partners, businesses, communities and individuals, has a shared responsibility for improving public health.  The central aim of this strategy is to “help people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives, and improve the health of the poorest fastest.”  This is the aim in Warwickshire too.

 Each year, NHS Warwickshire’s Director of Public Health produces an annual report, which provides an independent assessment of the health of the local population.  The 2011 report, entitled ‘Reaching Higher: Healthy Lives, Healthy People, Healthy Warwickshire’, appraises the current services provided and, using best practice evidence, considers how best to deal with the County’s public health priorities.

The report has a clear focus and details recommendations around everyone’s roles in tackling what the Director considers to be the five key public health priorities within Warwickshire.  These being obesity, alcohol, cancer and screening, mental health and wellbeing, and health protection – sexual health.

In addition, the report will be supported by the production of more detailed localised profiles and datasets.

This year’s report is supported by detailed local data which is available in an interactive spreadsheet.  The report and data can be viewed by following the link below:

Director of Public Health Report 2011

 Any comments or feedback you may have regarding the report, should be directed to:

 publichealthintelligence@warwickshire.nhs.uk.

Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report 2009-10 – Consultation

Each year the Director of Public Health has a statutory responsibility to produce an annual report which is an independent assessment focusing on the health needs of older people in Warwickshire.  It summarises current services and priority work programmes and provides a starting point for discussion about how to address the issues raised.

The report was produced for professionals, providers of services including the voluntary sector and also for members of the public.

This Consultation summarises the feedback and responses to the publication of the Annual Report with the aim of using it to enhance commissioning decisions and to improve the process for future reports and the wider Joint Strategic Needs Assessment process.

Joint Director of Public Health Annual Report 2009-10 – Consultation