‘Are You Contactless?’ Director of Public Health report 2018 presented to Cabinet members

Barnsley Council’s Cabinet members will be provided with information about the Director of Public Health 2018 Annual Report at their next meeting on Monday, 1 April.

The Director of Public Health (DPH) is an independent advocate for the health of local people and the annual report is an important way of providing advice and recommendations on population health to both professionals and public.

As well as being an annual review of public health outcomes and activity, the annual report of the DPH is also an important way of identifying key issues, flagging up problems and reporting progress.

The 2017 Barnsley DPH report, A Day in the Life of’ captured a snapshot in time to illustrate the health and wellbeing of Barnsley’s residents.  More residents wrote about loneliness, social isolation and the importance of connections with others than any other subject.

Loneliness is one of the most important public health challenges of our time and Barnsley’s Public Health team, therefore, welcomes the Government strategy for tackling loneliness, ‘A Connected Society’, which was published in October 2018.

The 2018 Barnsley DPH report provides an insight into the impact of loneliness on residents’ lives and the importance of connecting with others.  It will enable us to have a better understanding and will help inform the Council’s decision making with regards to physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The recommendations of the report focus on changing the way we connect in an increasingly digital world. The report highlights many examples of the great work taking place across the borough that supports interaction between people.

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, said:  “We are the most digitally connected generation in history but we need to rethink how we connect with others in this new world to address the increasing loneliness we are seeing”

“As Jo Cox MP said, we can all help by looking in on a neighbour, visiting an elderly relative, or making that call or visit we’ve been promising to a friend we haven’t seen in a long time." 

Once approved by Cabinet the report will be hosted online and a small number of hard copies will be made available to community groups.

The Cabinet report can be read in full here  

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