The Director of Public Health (DPH) is an advocate for the health of local people. The annual report is an important way of providing advice. Also looking at advice on people's health to both professional and the public.
As well as being an annual review of public health outcomes and events. The annual report of the DPH is also an important way of finding key issues. It flags up problems and reporting progress.
The 2017 Barnsley DPH report 'A Day in the Life of’ captured a snapshot in time. It illustrates the health and wellbeing of Barnsley’s residents. More residents wrote about loneliness, social loneliness and the importance of connections with others than any other subject. Loneliness is one of the most important public health challenges of our time. Barnsley’s Public Health team 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. Looking at the importance of connecting with others. It enables us to have a better overview. It will help inform our decision making with regard to physical and mental health and wellbeing.
The advice of the report focus on changing the way we connect in a digital world. The report highlights many examples of the great work taking place across the borough that supports contact between people.
What Matters to Me, Now?
In 2019, children and young people were asked to create artwork around the theme ‘What Matters to Me?’ to inform the Director of Public Health Annual Report 2019. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this work had to be put on hold.
In 2021 the project was able to start again. Children and young people were then asked to create artwork with the theme of ‘What Matters to Me, Now?’. This was to compare what's important to children and young people in Barnsley pre and post pandemic. The catalogue comes with an in person show that with artwork from 23 to 29 May 2022 at Library @ the Lightbox.
The artwork's listed in the order that it was received. The number of pieces created for 2021 are fewer due to the increased demand on services. In some cases reduced numbers, because of the ongoing and ever changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings from all the engagement work has been included in Director of Public Health Annual Report 2021.