Directors of Public Health have a statutory requirement to write an annual report on the health of their population. The Director of Public Health Annual Report is a 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.
2020/21 - COVID-19: Impact in Warwickshire, an exceptional year
This year the report focuses on Warwickshire residents and their experiences of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to understand how it has impacted on their health along with other challenges they have faced and where they have found support.
The current pandemic has affected everybody’s health and wellbeing. It has shone a light on the health inequalities which already existed in Warwickshire - for example, life expectancy is 8.2 years lower for men and 5.7 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Warwickshire than in the least deprived areas.
This year’s report uses a case study approach to share residents' experiences of testing positive with COVID-19 and living through lockdown. The report is a vital tool to raise awareness of the impact of the pandemic in our communities, highlighting what we must put in place to support everyone to recover from the pandemic, improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.
To accompany the report an online gallery, ‘COVID-19 Stories’, shares stories from Warwickshire residents about their experiences through the pandemic. Photographs from across the county have been captured to illustrate the case studies.
Monitoring Health Inequalities
An online dashboard called ‘Monitoring Health Inequalities’ is published alongside the report and considers health data over time at various geographies. The data relates to a range of themes covered in the report, including the wider determinants of health and inequalities and will continue to be added to as more data is made available.
Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not only replicated existing health inequalities, but in some cases, has increased them, through its disproportionate impact on certain population groups. Action on health inequalities requires improving the lives of those with the worst health outcomes, fastest. The Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT) aims to empower professionals across the health and the wider system landscape to do this. It supports the user to identify practical action in their work programme or service to address health inequalities and consequently improve health outcomes.
PHE has also recently developed the Health Equity Audit Guide for Screening Providers and Commissioners.
This guidance is designed to be used in conjunction with the full or simplified HEAT tool, but has been tailored to be more specific to issues of relevance to screening services.
2019 - Working for Wellbeing in Warwickshire
This year’s report includes an overview of the health and wellbeing of the Warwickshire population, a focus on the theme of this year’s report; work, health and wellbeing, and progress with the 2018 recommendations.
- Annual Report 2019 (PDF, 11.2 MB)
- References 2019 (PDF, 44 KB)
- Support for businesses - Health and Wellbeing information resource (PDF, 166 KB)
2018 - Eat, Sleep, Selfie, Repeat: Growing up in Warwickshire with social media
This year’s report includes an overview of the health and wellbeing of the Warwickshire population, and a focus on the theme of this year’s report; the impact of social media on young people's health and wellbeing, together with information on progress with the 2017 recommendations.