Welcome to my 2017/2018 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health.
This year my report focuses on what lies behind some worrying health trends in Leeds – a fall in life expectancy for women and a static life expectancy in men.
Improving the socioeconomic position for individuals, communities and neighbourhoods is central to reducing health inequalities in our city. Leeds does have a strong economy and has been named best city in Britain for quality of life. However latest figures show that more of our neighbourhoods are in the worst 10% of neighbourhoods nationally – and also in the best 10% nationally.
Nobody Left Behind: Good Health and a Strong Economy
The first part of my report describes how Leeds City Council’s new Inclusive Growth Strategy must contribute to reversing the worsening socioeconomic position of many of our neighbourhoods.
My report goes on to cover four key reasons for our worrying life expectancy figures:
- infant mortality
- alcohol-related deaths in women
- drug-related deaths in men
- suicides in men
In addition, there is a section on the concerning picture around self-harm in women. There are specific recommendations for these areas but also broader recommendations around gender and health.
Nobody Left Behind: Good Health and a Strong Economy (PDF 6MB)
Improving the Health Status for Leeds beyond 2018
The final section is a review of progress since last year on a set of public health indicators for Leeds aligned to the
Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
Improving the Health Status for Leeds beyond 2018 (PDF 658KB)
If you wish to look at a broader range of health statistics whether for your area or for the whole city, please visit the
I hope you find this year’s report informative and helpful. I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to everyone who has contributed to the development of the report this year, including all the authors and people who supplied case studies. A full list of these can be found at the back of my report.
- Communications and design team: Phil Morcom, Lindy Dark
- Public Health: Richard Dixon
- Leeds City Council Web Services Team
- Editor: Barbara MacDonald
- Production support: Kathryn Jeffreys
Find the annual reports from 2009 - 2018 on our Public Health information and statistics page.
2016 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health is also available to view online.