The 2022 Director of Public Health report
“In our shoes: Children and young people’s health in Leeds.”
This year’s report focuses on the current state of children and young people’s health in Leeds. This includes exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. Through speaking directly to children and families in Leeds, together with an extensive literature review and analysis of local data, we have brought together a rich picture of ongoing health impacts.
Children were less likely to become ill with COVID-19 than adults. They were not the focus of protective measures. However, the pandemic affected them profoundly and unequally.
The recommendations in this report provide a guide to what further action is needed to maximise the chances for all children in Leeds to have a fair start in life.
Previous Leeds DPH reports:
All directors of public health (DPH) are expected to produce an annual report for their area. Annual reports have played an important part in public health practice ever since the early days of medical officers of health. They remain an important vehicle for informing local people about the health of their community, as well as providing necessary information for decision makers in local health services and authorities on health gaps and priorities that need to be addressed. Their iterative nature also allows progress to be recorded and evaluated.
The 2017-18 Director of Public Health report
“Nobody Left Behind: Good Health and a Strong Economy”
This report focuses on what lies behind some worrying health trends in Leeds – a fall in life expectancy for women and a static life expectancy in men. Leeds does have a strong economy and has been named best city in Britain for quality of life. However latest figures show that more of our neighbourhoods are in the worst 10% of neighbourhoods nationally – and also in the best 10% nationally.
The report describes how Leeds City Council’s new Inclusive Growth Strategy must contribute to reversing the worsening socioeconomic position of many of our neighbourhoods, and covers four key reasons for our worrying life expectancy figures:
- infant mortality
- alcohol-related deaths in women
- drug-related deaths in men
- suicides in men
The 2017-18 report also covers the concerning picture around self-harm in women, and a review of progress since last year on a set of public health indicators for Leeds aligned to the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2016 Part 1
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2016 Part 2
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2014-15
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2013
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2012
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2012 (Facts and figures)
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2011
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2010
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2009