Public health report sets out council’s aims for 2019/20

Published Tuesday, 18th June 2019

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A report into the health and wellbeing of local people is set to be discussed by the council’s Cabinet next week (25th June).

The Director of Public Health’s annual report sets out key priorities for the forthcoming year, whilst also highlighting key findings from the past year.

The report covers all areas of public health in Southend-on-Sea, including smoking, drinking, obesity levels, sexual health, mental health, how local planning of housing impacts public health, and much more, in supporting health improvement and tackling local inequalities.

Over the past year or so, the council has undertaken various joint strategic needs assessments with partners, including Southend CCG, to ascertain the areas of public health in Southend that need improvement, and which areas are currently excelling or improving. This has led to the interim director of public health, Krishna Ramkhelawon, setting out 23 public health outcomes to achieve, linked to the Southend 2050 ambition.

The main focus for public health in 2019/20 in Southend will be:

  • Reducing the impact of cardiovascular conditions and diabetes and improving related prevention work
  • Improving community safety and building resilience, with a particular focus on our children and young people, and;
  • Ensuring that spatial planning incorporates health and wellbeing impacts, and delivers what residents will need to promote their health and wellbeing

These items of focus also feed into two of the four sustainability and transformation partnership’s priorities for 2019 onwards.

Cllr Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “The report makes for interesting reading as it allows us to properly evaluate public health within the borough through thorough research and community engagement.

“There are, of course, areas to improve, and that is why this report is vital in deciding the next steps for the forthcoming year. Public health and the needs of local residents has changed drastically over the past few years, however we are confident we are taking the right steps to provide a broad service that caters to the wide-ranging needs of residents keeping them safe and well within the borough, through continued work in the sustainability and transformation partnership.

“Through excellent partnership work with a variety of partners, we have been able to pinpoint the key areas of focus for the next 12 months. The Southend 2050 engagement has led to the creation of specific outcomes and themes that relate to public health, such as ensuring Southenders are remaining well enough to enjoy fulfilling lives, throughout their lives and we are committed to achieving that.”

You can view the report in full by visiting the council’s website.