I’ve written before about how data is likely to drive decisions in what gets done in public health so it’s useful that there is now a Public Health Outcomes Framework website which provides quite a lot of information at a locality level.
So below is a screen shot of a heat map depicting the number of first time entrants to the youth justice system per hundred thousand of population.
There’s also regional level data – below are the proportions of pupil absence in the North West.
And the site lets you drill down to council level, below are some of the statistics for Birmingham that relate to the wider determinants of health as measured amongst young people.
Users can see the outcome of drug treatment, the vast majority of whom will be adults (as you can see in the heat maps below this is broken down by opiate users and non-opiate users). As yet the alcohol related outcomes don’t appear to be available, nor are the prevalence data for smoking, drinking and drug use by young people, though if this tweet is anything to go by there are plans to keep adding to the data sets.
The Department of Health have published their response to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum setting out what they propose to do to strengthen the accountability framework for the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
My reading is that we’ve made some progress towards what Mentor was asking for in our response to the consultation carried out in May last year. Continue reading
Actual is not normal (a tribute to Edward Tufte), a photo by kevin dooley on Flickr.
The Department for Health have released a paper which starts to sketch a public health surveillance strategy for England.
Dry stuff perhaps, but it is likely that the data that is available to Directors of Public Health and Health and Wellbeing Boards will drive their decisions about where to invest, and (if I’m reading the paper correctly) will give some indication of whether the interventions they commission are leading to the changes they expect.
The Department of Health have published a paper about the structure of the body that will determine how public health services develop over the next few years.
For us this is important as Public Health England (PHE) will replace the National Treatment Agency and some of the functions of the Department of Health itself when it comes to drug and alcohol services. This chance gives us a chance to increase the profile of prevention within substance misuse interventions and therefore hopefully to continue to drive down the use (and misuse) of drugs and alcohol by young people.
The new structure includes a big team of over 500 people in the health improvement and population health directorate (see above) who will be accountable for developing:
a 21st century health and wellbeing service, supporting local authorities and the NHS to deliver improvements and reduce inequalities in the nation’s health.
They will be tasked with:
- securing high-quality professional public health advice and support to the NHS Commissioning Board to effectively influence the NHS role in prevention and reducing health inequalities
- championing the use of behavioural science in achieving transformational change
- building credible national and international alliances to promote health and wellbeing and secure a broad-based programme for reform within Government, the NHS, the independent sector, the voluntary and community sector, and internationally
To do this they will:
- lead high-impact national health improvement social marketing campaigns to achieve behaviour change
- share capability and lessons across the public health system and assess promising approaches ahead of local adoption
- embed prevention and health improvements that reduce the burden of disease