Monday 17 November 2014

The positives and negatives of public health in Brent

Tomorrow's  Brent Health and Wellbeing Board will be discussing an important report on public health and the issues facing the borough in the future. The full report is available HERE

For each issue the report goes into details of some of the initiatives and projects that address the problem so here I will print some of the tables and graphs to stimulate interest.

Brent actually has healthier statistics than some of the areas with equal levels of deprivation but there are considerable differences between different parts of Brent.

The causes of premature deaths:

Differences in age expectancy in wards within the borough:

Increases in rates of dementia are a long-term issue:

As are rates of diabetes:

One area of success has been the reduction in teenage pregnancies:

The figures on child health indicate health problems building up for the future. I have been keen to persuade the Council to increase school nurse provision to address these issues and procurement is in process

Obesity of Year 6 child (11 year olds)

As they go into Year 7 at secondary schools the pupils are likely to use takeways:

To inform the Council’s planning policies, the Council public health team undertook a survey of secondary school students to explore associations between the presence of fast food takeaways close to the school and students’ use of takeaways and general food knowledge. In the seven schools that participated, all year 7 and year 10 students were surveyed. Nearly two and a half thousand students responded resulting in a unique insight into student behaviour. Students who attended schools less than 400m from a takeaway ate more takeaways at lunch, on the journey home from school and at home for their evening meal with their family.
The survey supports the policy of a buffer zone around schools which the Council is now implementing.
Dental health is a particular issue in Brent:

Some excellent preventative work is taking places from the Chalkhill Wellbeing project which ends in March 2015 unless further funding is found. I will return to this in some detail in the future.


Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group said...

Hi, Martin

I'm very surpised there seems to be no reference to mental health here. I have previously heard that the two worst boroughs for mental health care in London, at least in North London, are Brent and Barnet: to the point that the only way to get psychotherapeutic help if you have mental healthe problems is to prove that you are a danger to other people rather than just to yourself.

I wonder how big a portion of 'other' in causes of death in LB Brent is accounted for by suicides?

Dude Swheatie of the KUWG

Martin Francis said...

Thanks for your comment. There is a section on the introduction of Mental Health First Aid which is being piloted by various departments. There is interesting work going on in the community in Chalkhill which I hope to write about later.

Nan Tewari said...

Extract from the Brent Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Mortality and morbidity in Brent

Premature mortality relates to those deaths which occur under the age of 75 years.

Between 2010 and 2012, the rate of overall premature deaths in Brent was 334 people per
100,000 of the population. Presently, the main causes of premature death in Brent are:

1) Cancer
2) Cardiovascular disease
3) Respiratory disease

Other key causes of premature death

Other key causes of premature death in Brent include liver disease and suicide.

The rate of premature deaths due to liver disease in Brent between 2010 and 2012 was 17.3
per 100,000 of the population, which is below the England rate of 18 per 100,000 of the

Between 2010 and 2012, there were 19 suicides in Brent, a rate of 6.8 per 100,000 of the
population. This is lower than the England average rate of 8.5 deaths per 100,000 of the