Agenda item

PUBLIC HEALTH OUTCOMES FRAMEWORK (PHOF) PERFORMANCE REPORT

The report of the Director of Public Health, Document “V” provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of the population of the Bradford District based on the indicator and sub indicators within the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF).

 

The report summarises how indicators and sub indicators compare against the England average and provides a summary of some of the key areas of Public Health relevant to the District.

 

Recommended –

 

That the report be noted and the Director of Public Health be requested to provide a further report on Public Health Outcomes Framework indicators in 2021.

 

(Jonathan Stansbie – 01274 436031)

 

 

Minutes:

The report of the Director of Public Health, Document “V” provided an overview of the health and wellbeing of the population of the Bradford District based on the indicator and sub indicators within the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF).

 

The report summarised how indicators and sub indicators compared against the England average and provided a summary of some of the key areas of Public Health relevant to the District.  In addition, changes in trends in recent years were also provided.

 

Statistics portraying 54% of children in poverty were felt to be tragic and Members suggested that national input was required. 

 

It was questioned what had been done to address areas where there was no significant improvement or situations worsening and, in response, and in light of the report containing 140 indicators it was felt that this was difficult to summarise.  Members were assured that the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) was used to flag issues which were then raised with commissioning boards to develop work plans to tackle those issues.  It was explained that improvements had been seen since 2010 but with less money a focus had been on young people where it was clear the most difference could be made. More specific data on the district could be provided to Members if needed.

 

A Member questioned the data suggesting there had been no significant change in fuel poverty despite his belief that the situation in Bradford was improving. 

 

The indicators revealed that the healthy life expectancy in the district was worsening and it was questioned if people were becoming ill sooner or was earlier diagnosis or the way issues were recorded impacting on that figure. In answer it was agreed that screening levels had increased but to provide a more definitive answer it was agreed to consult analysists and get back to Members on that question.

 

Reference to ‘unhealthy and life expectancy curtailed’ detailed in the report was raised and further explanation was requested.  It was explained that when compared with national figures more people living in poorer areas of Bradford were categorised as unhealthy. There was a nine-year difference between healthy life expectancy in areas across the district and despite any changes in definitions of unhealthy this was a key issue.

 

A Member expressed concern about being told he could only have a GP appointment if the situation was urgent and believed that making it difficult for people to see a GP was leading to late diagnoses.  He also suggested that the District had more green spaces than any other metropolitan district which could be utilised to tackle unhealthy lifestyles and childhood obesity.  In response it was agreed to feedback those comments to be incorporated into the Healthy Living Strategy.

 

In response to questions about residents not getting outside and into the sunlight it was reported that a new vitamin supplement programme had started, however, dealing with COVID infection had been the focus of support.

 

The timeframe when the data in the report had been collected was questioned as it was believed that this had not captured the impact of COVID.  It was confirmed that the data was captured in 2019-20 and some was even older.  It was suspected that those statistics would have worsened during COVID.  Reports were provided to Overview and Scrutiny Committees on specific topics and those reports would contain more detail of the impacts of COVID.

 

It was questioned if the information contained in Document “V” was shared with the Voluntary and Community Sector and it was confirmed that the information was shared and published on the website.

 

Resolved - 

 

That the report be noted and the Director of Public Health be requested to provide a further report on Public Health Outcomes Framework indicators in 2021.

 

ACTION: Director of Public Health /Overview and Scrutiny Lead

 

 

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