Director of Public Health Annual Report 2016

​​Welcome to my 2016 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the first Medical Officer of Health in Leeds. From the Victoria and Edwardian eras, through two world wars, the creation of the National Health Service and up to the present day – each Medical Officer of Health or Director of Public Health has had to deal with the public health challenges of their own time.

This year my report takes a digital format for the first time and comprises three sections. The first section tells the story of the 150 year history of Public Health in Leeds using the Annual Reports of my predecessors. This can be accessed in presentation format in Section One: 150 years of Public Health in Leeds.

During the last 150 years, we have made much progress - from over one in five babies dying in Leeds before age of one year old to our lowest ever infant mortality rate now: one in two hundred and fifty live births.

While we can show improvements in health over the last 150 years the data we have demonstrates that we still have more to do. We must, as people living and working in the city, do what we can to improve the health of all in Leeds and narrow the stark health inequalities that still exist in the city after all these years. Therefore section two (PDF 492KB) looks at Improving the Health Status of Leeds beyond 2016 and contains key performance indicators on the Health Status of Leeds in 2016.

Section three (PDF 451KB) is a review of progress against the recommendations of the 2014/15 Annual Report Planning a Healthy City: Housing Growth in Leeds.


I hope you will enjoy this year’s report as much as I have enjoyed finding out more detail about the challenges faced during each era. I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to everyone who has contributed to development of the report this year including:

  • Communications and Design Team: Phil Morcom, Lindy Dark
  • Public Health: Richard Dixon, Roxanna Summers, Robert Baldwin, Catriona Slade, Kathryn Ingold
  • Leeds City Council Web Services Team
  • Public Health Resource Centre
  • Leeds Library and Information Service,
  • Editorial Team: Barbara McDonald
  • Thackray Medical Museum

I have to give particular thanks to Kathryn Jeffreys for her invaluable support, and not forgetting everyone who took time out of their weekend to attend my talk on the 1st October 2016.

Dr Ian Cameron, Director of Public Health, Leeds City Council

Section One: 150 years of Public Health in Leeds

Dr Ian Cameron presented a lecture to delegates at the Thackray Medical Museum on 1st October 2016. You can watch the presentation in action on Youtube​ and the The Prezi presentation that accompanied this lecture.

A presentation transcript (PDF 1.5MB) is also available to download.

The Thackray Medical Museum

The Thackray Medical Museum offers great interactive experiences where you can be transported to the grimy streets of Leeds in 1842 and explore sights, sounds and smells from that time. As part of looking at the role of Public Health in Leeds from Victorian time the museum has developed a trail which lets you meet characters from the past and find out what life was really like, as well as discovering how scientific breakthroughs have changed our lives focussing in immunisations up to the present day.

Back catalogue of Public Health Annual Reports

Director of Public Health Annual Reports from 2009 onwards are available from the Public Health information and statistics page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​




1.150 Years of Public Health presentation transcript Years of Public Health presentation transcript.pdf1533659pdf
2.Improving the Health Status for Leeds beyond 2016 the Health Status for Leeds beyond 2016.pdf502080pdf
3.Progress update on the recommendations from the 2014-15 Annual Report update on the recommendations from the 2014-15 Annual Report.pdf461287pdf

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