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Puzzle with heart inside - pinkSouthampton Public Health Annual Reports (PHAR)

Each year the Director of Public Health in Southampton produces a report on the state of health in the city. These reports consider underlying trends, some of the future challenges that the city faces and make recommendations for how health and wellbeing can be improved in Southampton. The latest report for 2017 was published in September 2018 and considers childhood obesity in Southampton and Portsmouth.

This report along with all previous Public Health Annual Reports can be downloaded below. Simply choose the year from the drop down for a synopsis of the report and download links.

2017 PHAR – Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious problem confronting both the current generation and also future generations, since the consequences of childhood obesity impact both on the individuals affected, and also on the wider society as we battle to make our stretched healthcare resources work effectively. Obesity harms children’s physical and emotional health in their childhood and is likely to go on to harm their adult health, cutting short lives and placing further strain on our health services. There are things that everyone can do to improve the situation – this is a problem that will need the coordinated actions of central and local governments, schools, food producers and providers, employers, and not least parents and children.

2017 PHAR: Childhood Obesity
Report
pdf | 3MB | 01.09.18

Previous reports

Previous annual reports from the Director of Public Health on various themes can be found below.

2015 PHAR: The first 1,000 days of life

“Start well, stay well” could sum up our approach to improving health and reducing inequalities. It is also where the evidence tells us we should go if we are serious about making a difference to the lives of Southampton people. While the health of residents continues to improve and we are living longer, not all of these extra years of life are lived in good health or free from disability. Some health indicators in childhood show that we are not yet succeeding in our aim to give every young person the best possible start in life. There has also been limited progress in narrowing the health gap between the wealthy and those who are on low incomes, and many challenges remain or have increased in significance. This report focuses on the first 1,000 days of life; the lead up to conception, pregnancy and the first two years of life. This period is critical to future health and wellbeing and is the time when there are huge opportunities to influence outcomes for the better.

2015 PHAR: The first 1,000 days of life
Report
pdf | 4MB | 06.06.16
Public Health Summary Report 2015: The first 1,000 days of life
Report
pdf | 1MB | 06.06.16
Oral health inequalities for Southampton children: PHAR 2015 Supplementary Report
Report
pdf | 1MB | 01.03.16

2014 PHAR: Laying the foundations for better health for future generations

In this report we look again at the extent of health inequalities in Southampton and also explore a range of issues that will help to lay the foundations for better health for future generations. Topics examined include fitness in young people, building mental resilience in young people, accident prevention, air quality, dementia and long term conditions and high blood pressure (hypertension). Improving the public's health and tackling these challenges can only be done by working in partnership across our city to make Southampton "a healthier city - a place which is safe and healthy and where all people thrive".

2014 PHAR: Laying the foundations for better health for future generations
Report
pdf | 5MB | 23.06.15

2013 PHAR: The state of Southampton's health

This is the first report since Public Health responsibilities transferred from the NHS back to Local Authorities. The report considers the state of Southampton's health, underlying trends and future challenges. Southampton is a great city, whether you live here, work here or are a visitor. Many health indicators are moving in the right direction - life expectancy is improving, deaths from heart disease and stroke are falling and cancer survival rates are improving. However, there has been limited progress in narrowing the health gap between the wealthy and those who are on low incomes, whilst many challenges remain or have increased in significance. This year's report continues to examine the four domains from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) with a particular focus on housing, violent crime, smoking happiness, sexual health, common infectious diseases, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

2013 PHAR: The state of Southampton's health
Report
pdf | 3MB | 23.05.14

2012 PHAR: Health is everyone's business

The 2012 Annual Report comes at the end of an era....as public health functions move from the NHS into local government. This signals recognition that the health and wellbeing of the population is influenced by more than just the health service. Thus this year's report is entitled 'Health is everyone's business' and it looks at case studies from around the city where different organisations and agencies are working on projects that will impact on the health and wellbeing of Southampton residents. The report also considers the new Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), and how Southampton performs in each of it's four domains; improving the wider determinants of health, health improvement, health protection and healthcare public health.

2012 PHAR: Health is everyone's business
Report
pdf | 2MB | 23.07.13

2011 PHAR: Lung health, suicide and fuel poverty

The 2011 Annual Report examines three key issues from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which profiles the health and social care needs of the local population, highlighting areas that require particular attention. These are lung health, suicide and fuel poverty. The nature of each topic is discussed in conjuction with national data and evidence, follwed by a focus on the local context and the relevance to the people of Southampton.

2011 PHAR: Lung health, suicide and fuel poverty
Report
pdf | 2MB | 23.06.12

2010 PHAR: Review in light of changes to public health system

The 2010 Annual Report sets out the context and aims of the wide-ranging changes to the public health system in England. It also highlights some of the key issues from the JSNA which we need to work harder to address if we are to see more people enjoying better health. Specific topics focused on in this report include mental health, smoking, obesity, alcohol, disability and long term conditions. In addition, data for each of Southampton’s 16 electoral wards is presented, highlighting differences and inequalities within the city.

2010 PHAR: Review in light of changes to public health system
Report
pdf | 3MB | 23.06.11

2009 PHAR: Health inequalities in Southampton

The 2009 Annual Report is split into four chapters. The first chapter takes stock of health inequalities in the city following Professor Marmot's Strategic Review. The second chapter deals with health and employment and the effects of the global economic recession, whilst the third chapter addresses men's health in Southampton, taking a broad look at different aspects of health, illness and health inequalities. The final section of the report describes the three new localities in the city that have been identified to lead the way on Practice Based Commissioning (PBR).

2009 PHAR: Health inequalities in Southampton
Report
pdf | 3MB | 23.06.10

2008 PHAR: JSNA findings and the 60th anniversary of the NHS

The 2008 Annual Report has been written during the 60th anniversary year for the NHS, which has seen an acceleration in the implementation of measures designed to deliver better health for the community. This report summaries the findings from the first ever Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for Southampton, published this year, bringing together evidence and the views of professionals and local people to identify the health and social care needs for the city.

2008 PHAR: JSNA findings and the 60th anniversary of the NHS
Report
pdf | 2MB | 23.06.09

2007 PHAR: The development of Southampton’s first JSNA

The 2007 Annual Report has been used to engage local stakeholders in the development of Southampton's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for health and well-being. This document is a full professional assessment of need in the city and will become a legal requirement for those organisations with a formal responsibility for planning and arranging publically-funded provision of health and social care sevices.

2007 PHAR: The development of Southampton’s first JSNA
Report
pdf | 1MB | 23.06.08

2006 PHAR: Women’s health and the Southampton Women’s Study (SWS)

he 2006 Annual Report presents some of the early findings from the Southampton Women's Study (SWS) and looks more generally at women's health in the city. The report also focuses on mental health and explores a range of issues where more can and must be done to reduce the stigma of mental illness, and limit the devastating impact it can have on individuals and their families. Finally the report considers the health of ethnic minority groups in the city, along with the environment and global warming which is increasingly important to the public and politicians.

2006 PHAR: Women’s health and the Southampton Women’s Study (SWS)
Report
pdf | 3MB | 23.07.07

2005 PHAR: Giving all children the best start in life

The 2005 Annual Report highlights some of the challenges we are working on that could make a real difference to health in our city. Giving all children the best possible start in life is probably the most important priority if we want to reduce health inequalities and is a key focus fro this report. Other areas covered include dental health, independence and wellbeing for older people, poverty, disadvantage and exclusion, communicable disease control and housing and health. The major health issues for each of Southampton's localities is also presented.

2005 PHAR: Giving all children the best start in life
Report
pdf | 1MB | 23.07.06

Last updated: 01 September 2018