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

Disability-free life expectancy (DFLE)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently released experimental data at Borough/District level for disability-free life expectancy, 2007-09.

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DFLE for men and women at age 16 and 65 are indicators of the average number of years a person would live without a limiting long-standing illness or disability. The figures reflect the mortality and health status of a population in a given time period rather than those born in an area. It is not therefore the number of years that a person will actually expect to live in the various health states, both because the death rates and health status rates of the specified population are likely to change in the future and because some of those people may live elsewhere for part of their lives.

Nationally, there is a clear north-south divide in estimates of life expectancy (LE) and DFLE for both men and women.  Similarly, in Warwickshire, LE is higher in the south of the county than the north.  At age 16, LE for men is 2.5 years lower in Nuneaton & Bedworth (61.7 years) than in Stratford District. For women, LE is also lowest in Nuneaton & Bedworth at 66.3 years and highest in Warwick District at 68.0 years.

However, at age 65, it is North Warwickshire where LE is lowest for both men (17.2 years) and women (19.8 years) compared to Warwick District which is the highest in the county for both men, at 18.8 years and 21.6 years for women. DFLE at age 65, across the County, is also lowest for both men (6.6 years) and women (7.8 years) in North Warwickshire. Whereas DFLE, at age 65, is highest for men in Nuneaton & Bedworth (11.6 years) and for women in Rugby (14.0 years).

For further information see the ONS website