Health profiles pull together health and health-related information to provide an overview of health for an area.
They provide a useful summary of health in an area, and are used by decision makers to plan local services and reduce health inequalities. There are a variety of both nationally produced and local profiles available:
- Public Health England Outcomes Framework (opens in a new window)
- Local Health profiles (opens in a new window)
- National Health profiles (opens in a new window)
Local profiles have been developed by Public Health Dorset:
Profiles are also available for GP Localities:
Children and young people
The foundations of adult health are set down in prenatal life and early childhood. Childhood inequalities in physical, mental and emotional health are strongly associated with increased lifetime risk of poor physical and mental health in adulthood.
In terms of preventing ill-health or social disadvantage in the long term, the importance of promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children and young people cannot be underestimated.
Older and vulnerable adults
Older people form an increasing proportion of the population, both locally and nationally. Preparing for the socio-economic effects of higher numbers of older people, and especially the “oldest old” is likely to prove challenging to local planners, social care providers, the NHS, and the range of institutions and public bodies concerned with the welfare and well-being of the elderly population.
Health Profile Indicators 2015 – Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset comparisons
On 2 June, Public Health England published the 2015 Health Profiles for England. Designed to help local government and health services make decisions and plans to improve local people’s health and reduce health inequalities, the profiles present a set of health indicators that show how the area compares to the national average.
Each health profile includes:
- an ‘at a glance’ summary description of people’s health in the area
- maps and charts that show how the health in the area compares to the national and local view
- trended information showing changes in death rates over a ten year period of time
- a ‘spine chart’ health summary showing the difference in health between the area and the average for England for 32 indicators
A summary of how Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and the six Dorset districts or borough areas compare with the England average for 32 indicators presented in the health profiles is available below.