Welcome to the Director of Public Health Annual Report for South Gloucestershire 2015. I am very grateful to the many colleagues who have helped to put it together.
This last year has been one of consolidation for the public health and wellbeing division. We are now well established in the council and have increasingly strong relationships with other council departments. A good example of the new opportunities available to public health departments is the multi-agency work we are leading to reduce the harm caused by alcohol . Another area of fruitful collaborative work for us this year has been around the built environment. We have appointed a partnership officer to work with transport & planning to ensure that public health considerations are part of strategic decisions in these areas.
Last year we reviewed public health issues in South Gloucestershire in some detail. South Gloucestershire is one of the healthiest places to live in the country with excellent outcomes in many areas including some of the longest lifespans in England. However, it is important that we do not become complacent. We must continue to work to address the challenges we all face such as an ageing population and to dig beneath the surface to discover and address the issues that result in inequalities in health.
In this year’s report we want to introduce you to the team and the priorities we have set out for the next 2 years. Contact details are given and I would encourage you to get in touch if you have questions, are interested or wish to get involved in the work we do. It is only by working together that we can ensure that South Gloucestershire remains a great place to live and work.
Dr Mark Pietroni
Director of Public Health, South Gloucestershire Council