Local Health Profiles
Health Profiles, published by Public Health England, provide a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England.
Headlines from the 2017 Somerset profile:
- Health in Somerset is better than, or not significantly different from, the England average in respect of most of the 2017 Health Profile indicators published by Public Health England (based largely on 2015/16 data).
Indicators for which the county fares particularly well include: smoking prevalence; under 18 conceptions; child obesity; and breastfeeding initiation.
Indicators for which Somerset appears significantly worse than the England average include: smoking in pregnancy; hospital stays for self-harm; under 18s alcohol-specific hospital admissions; and excess weight in adults.
Life expectancy for both men and women is higher than the England average but inequalities exist. Life expectancy is 6.3 years lower for men and 4.3 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Somerset than in the least deprived areas.
- Local priorities include: improving the health of children and young people; focus on health behaviours in midlife; ageing well; and tackling loneliness.
The full profiles, available at county and district level, can be downloaded from the Public Health England website.