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This page contains a wide range of information about the health of the citizens of Bristol. Much of this information is used by the council as an evidence base for various plans and policies addressing local needs.
In the last decade Bristol's child population has been rapidly rising, and the make-up of this population across the city is changing. Bristol now has more children than at any time in the last 30 years, and numbers of births are continuing to rise.
In 2013 the JSNA and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy highlighted this as a key aspect of Bristol's population, and in Febuary 2014 the Health and Wellbeing Board considered Bristol's readiness to respond across the health, care and education systems.
The new "Bristol child population - JSNA Summary" report gives an updated picture of this increase. There are two versions of the report, both presenting the same data but analysed by different geographical areas (one using the three City Council CYPS Areas and the other using the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Localities):
- "Bristol child population - JSNA Summary" - CYPS Areas (pdf, 0.9 MB)(opens new window)
- "Bristol child population - JSNA Summary" - CCG Localities (pdf, 0.9 MB)(opens new window)
The Public Health Observatory published the 2013 Health Profile for Bristol (pdf, 0.8 MB)(opens new window) showing how we compare nationally, including indicators that look at the wider determinants of health.
Compared to other big cities, Bristol is doing best with regard to:
- Levels of deprivation and homelessness.
- Obesity (adults and children) and healthy eating.
- Smoking in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Infant deaths.
- People diagnosed with diabetes.
However, Bristol performs less well for:
- GCSE achievement (5 A to Cs including English and Maths).
- Violent crime.
- Drinking and Alcohol Related Harm.
- Physically active adults.
- Drug misuse.
NICE guidance helps health and social care professionals deliver the best possible care based on the best available evidence. You can find and download the latest guidance on a number of health conditions, treatments and recommendations for care. Public health briefings for local government on the NICE website has been produced in anticipation of our new role in providing public health services after April 2013 so far they have issed fact sheets on:
- Benefits of Walking and Cycling
- Health Inequalities and Population
- Health Related Behaviour Change
- NICE Guidance and Public Health Outcomes
- Physical Activity
- Workplace Health
These explore the benefits of physical exercise on our bodies, minds and the wider world, from a policy, lifestyle and motivational standpoint. The benefits of cycling and walking page features a topical list of downloadable pdfs, including:
- Neighbourhoods and mental wellbeing (pdf, 55 KB)(opens new window)
- Benefits of shifting from a car to active travel (pdf, 32 KB)(opens new window)
- Is your neighbourhood a good place for young people to grow up? (pdf, 32 KB)(opens new window)
- Non-cycling adults, how to engage them in cycling (pdf, 35 KB)(opens new window)
- Exericise at work and self reporting physical activity (pdf, 30 KB)(opens new window)