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2015 Director of Public Health Annual Report

The 2015 Director of Public Health Annual Report highlights the work done in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to tackle key health priorities. 

The report contains a series of infographics to present information briefly and clearly. These give information on patterns of poor health and wellbeing, in addition to showcasing the work that is being done locally to tackle these issues.

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Health inequalities continue. Levels of sickness and disability benefit claims are closely linked to areas of poverty. 

The Live Well Model is very useful in explaining how lifestyles influence rates of death and disability in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The infographic topics include the five lifestyle behaviours covered in the Live Well model in addition to other Public Health local priority areas. The report also contains a section on local Public Health Outcome Framework outliers (Public Health indicators that are worse than the national average). 

  • People from the poorest communities in Cornwall spend over 12 years longer living with poor health compared to the most affluent communities 
  • For physical activity there is £16 returned over two years for every £1 invested in the Healthy Weight Programme 
  • Around 3,000 people a year will quit smoking using the Stop Smoking Service 
  • Since 2013, our Homeless Patient Hospital Discharge Service has supported 170 homeless patients, 89% discharged into suitable homes and saved 338 bed days or equivalent of £169,000 in healthcare costs.
  • Teenage conceptions in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have fallen from 39.8 per 1000 in 1998 to 18.2 per 1000 in 2014, representing a 54% decrease 5

Interim Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline Court said: “Health services have a relatively small influence on how healthy we are and how long we live. Lifestyle factors like physical activity, healthy food, social interaction and not smoking are more important as are education, employment and good quality housing.

“Health is everybody’s responsibility, starting at home and in our own communities, schools and workplaces and partnership work is vital for successfully addressing these health priorities.

“We look forward to working with local communities and a wide range of colleagues in addressing the issues raised in the report."