Health profile for England: 2018, current and future state of nation’s health revealed

Public Health England | September 2018 |Current and future state of nation’s health revealed

PHE has published a new Health Profile for England report giving the most comprehensive picture of the health of England today and into the future. It is the second annual report combining data and knowledge with information from other sources to give a broad picture of the health of people in England in 2018.

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It covers:

  • population change and trends in life expectancy
  •  trends in mortality
  • trends in morbidity and risk factors
  • health of children in the early years
  • inequalities in health
  • wider determinants of health
  • current and emerging health protection issues
  • Methods, data and definitions

Download each chapter of  the report from Public Health England 


In the news:

BBC News England facing ‘changing health needs’

Sky News Poorest in England suffer ‘avoidable and unfair’ health inequality – report

Onmedica  UK women’s health lags behind much of Europe


Healthy places: the link between your health and where you live [podcast]

The King’s Fund | September 2018 | Healthy places: the link between your health and where you live

The latest podcast from The King’s Fund considers the link between your health and where you live. It questionsHow do we make places healthier? Helen McKenna talks with Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health at Wigan Council, André Pinto, Public Health Manager from Public Health England and Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow from The King’s Fund.


Listen to it on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify and Acast or at The King’s Fund website 

What is happening to life expectancy in the UK?

The King’s Fund | August 2018 | What is happening to life expectancy in the UK?

In the latest piece on The King’s Fund blog, Veena Raleigh looks at how overall life expectancy has changed over time, along with considerations such as the difference in life expectancy between males and females, geographical inequalities, how the UK compares with other countries, and possible factors in the more recent slowdown in mortality improvements in the UK. life-stage-icon-2889015_1280.png


Read the full blog post at The King’s Fund 

Of interest:

BMJ  Sixty seconds on . . . life expectancy (OpenAthens login required)

Health inequalities: reducing ethnic inequalities

Public Health England | August 2018 | Health inequalities: reducing ethnic inequalities

Public Health England has produced guidance to support local and national action on ethnic inequalities in health.


This report provides:

  • a summary of information and data by ethnic group in England
  • examples of practical approaches to address ethnic inequalities in health
  • case studies of local action to address ethnic health inequalities

The report is available from Public Health England

There is also a blog local action on ethnic health inequalities, which accompanies this guidance

Health and wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual women

Public Health England has published Improving the health and wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual women and other women who have sex with women.   This report provides an overview of the evidence of health inequalities affecting lesbian and bisexual women and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW). It highlights a range of opportunities for action across the breadth of the public health system to improve the health of these women and reduce their burden of disease.

Health Inequalities Manifesto 2018 presents actions to address mental health inequalities across England

Mental Health FoundationMarch 2018 | Health Inequalities Manifesto 2018 

Health Inequalities Manifesto 2018 is a new publication from the Mental Health Foundation, it underlines how certain population subgroups are at higher risk of mental health problems. This is a result of  of greater exposure and vulnerability to unfavourable social, economic, and environmental circumstances:

  • Material inequality – poverty, poor housing, lack of employment opportunities.
  • Social inequality and injury – stigma and discrimination or experiences related to:
    • living in care
    • immigration status
    • ethnicity
    • sexual orientation
    • disability
    • experience of violence or abuse.
  • Health inequality – including having long-term physical health conditions.
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The Mental Health Foundation recognise a social gradient which exists in relation to poverty and/or economic  inequality and poorer mental health and wellbeing. Populations living in poor socio-economic circumstances are at increased risk
of poor mental health, depression and lower wellbeing. They advocate particular approaches and interventions to reduce the risk factors underpinning inequalities and applying these proportionately across the social gradient.

Their review of the latest evidence about how to lessen the risk of mental health  inequalities has enabled the to identify five priorities for action.  The manifesto  presents these actions that can be applied to address mental health inequalities in England. These are:

  1. Healthy children: Promote emotional wellbeing and build resilience from birth through universal and targeted programmes..
  2. Healthy minds:  Introduce a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach to address mental health promotion, prevention, treatment, discrimination, exclusion, care and recovery.
  3. Healthy places: Apply a socio-ecological approach that takes account of the impact of the social and physical environment, within homes and in settings such as schools and communities.
  4. Healthy communities: Introduce a place-based approach to protect and support good mental health and wellbeing in the community.
  5. Healthy habits: Give people the knowledge, tools and resources to protect and improve their own and their families’ and friends’ mental health.

The full manifesto can be downloaded from the Mental Health Foundation