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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.
The Public Health Observatory published Health Profile 2012: Bristol (pdf, 0.9 MB) (opens new window) showing how we compare nationally, including indicators that look at the wider determinants of health. The Health Profile 2012 chart (pdf, 119 KB) (opens new window) has also been compared against other similar cities (courtesy of NHS Bristol Public Health Intelligence Team).
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)
A series of factsheets about health inequalities issues and what is being done to tackle them in Bristol. They provide information about some of the key health issues facing our city and what's being done to address them. Information contained in these factsheets was supplied by various Bristol City Council and NHS Bristol teams, projects and initiatives. This information is currently under review (Jan/Feb 2013).
- Autism (pdf, 411 KB) (opens new window)
- The built environment (pdf, 0.6 MB) (opens new window)
- Drugs misuse (pdf, 385 KB) (opens new window)
- Climate change (pdf, 0.6 MB) (opens new window)
- Learning difficulties (pdf, 1.0 MB) (opens new window)
Race for Health is a Department of Health-funded, NHS based programme that works with PCTs and Trusts to drive forward improvements in health for people from black, and minority ethnic backgrounds. We believe that the time for simply talking about race inequality is over. We support real change across the NHS, with the implementation of legislation as a starting point. Race for Health website.