Updated Public Health strategy 2018-2021: renewing action for a healthier Barnsley

Cabinet Members will note and give their support to delivering the council’s renewed Public Health strategy at their next meeting on Wednesday, 3 October.

Renewing its Public Health Strategy is an opportunity for Barnsley Council to reflect on what it has achieved with partners to improve the health and wellbeing of Barnsley residents.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “We want to renew our actions for a healthier Barnsley by working with others to improve the health and wellbeing of Barnsley people at an accelerated pace.

“Our approach strengthens our efforts in prioritising policy level action to support individual behaviour change in order to improve healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities.” 

The refresh of the public health strategy has provided an opportunity the council’s Public health team to review its priorities. These work areas (smoking; physical activity and oral health) now have successfully established programmes in place and have achieved a number of significant results in the last three years.

To complement the three existing priorities, three new priority areas have been selected; alcohol, emotional resilience and food for our 2018-2021 refresh of the public health strategy.

All priority areas will have robust action plans developed and shared with partners.

Cllr Andrews added: “Our aim is to narrow the gap in life expectancy and health between the most and least healthy residents of Barnsley. We want to protect our communities from harm, major incidents and other preventable health threats.

The refreshed strategy has been drafted in consultation with partners from Barnsley Hospital, SWYPFT, Healthwatch, Barnsley CCG and Barnsley Healthcare Federation.

The choice of the three new priorities was strongly informed by the two most recent annual Director of  Public Health reports which involved hearing the views and experiences of Barnsley people in relation to health and wellbeing.

The renewed strategy will be available on the council’s website www.barnsley.gov.uk

The full report to Cabinet can be read here http://bit.ly/2NAPO2G

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