The 2017-18 Director of Public Health report

“Nobody Left Behind: Good Health and a Strong Economy”

This year the 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 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.

The 2017-18 Director of Public Health Annual Report is available here

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 2016 Public Health Annual Report

2016 was the 150th anniversary of the first Medical Officer of Health in Leeds. From the Victoria and Edwardian eras, through two world wars, the creation of the National Health Service and up to the present day – each Medical Officer of Health or Director of Public Health has had to deal with the public health challenges of their own time. The report comprises three sections:

  • The story of the 150 year history of Public Health in Leeds using the Annual Reports of our predecessors
  • Improving the Health Status of Leeds beyond 2016
  • A review of progress against the 2014/15 Annual Report ‘Planning a Healthy City: Housing Growth in Leeds’

Director of Public Health Annual Report 2016

Older reports

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