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Information about Derbyshire's health

We study the factors that affect the health and illness of populations. This then helps to inform the decisions that we make about public health and preventative medicine.

There are lots of health related data and reports that you can read to learn more about this side of the public health function.

How is Derbyshire’s health?

The county of Derbyshire has a population of about three-quarters of a million people.

Health in Derbyshire is generally better, and levels of deprivation generally lower, than the England average.

Life expectancy for men at age 65 is similar to that in England overall. Women's life expectancy at age 65 is slightly lower than for England, but is higher than for men in the county.

Although there are similarities to regional and national health and deprivation at county level, there are marked differences in health and life expectancy between the districts and boroughs of Derbyshire, and even at electoral ward level.

Life expectancy at birth varies by as much as 13.5 years between some areas.

We are working hard to tackle health inequality and make health fairer.

Knowledge and intelligence

We look at the health of Derbyshire's population, this includes studying rates of disease and also how health is affected by different factors such as education, income, housing and employment. These are known as wider health determinants.

We also look at the effectiveness of different service models in addressing the needs identified. This contributes to a range of public health studies, which can be found in the Derbyshire Observatory, including:

  • assessments of health needs
  • the impact on health of any major developments or changes
  • data profiles of different areas or groups within Derbyshire
  • reviews of evidence - for example the effectiveness of interventions
  • mapping assets and resources already available locally

Our research is used to look at the health and wellbeing needs of residents in order to help the Health and Wellbeing Board decide on which areas to prioritise.

It also supports Derbyshire’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. This brings together information on local health and wellbeing needs.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment also looks at emerging challenges and future needs to guide the planning and commissioning of health and wellbeing services in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Observatory

The Derbyshire Observatory provides an overview of Derbyshire through a range of social, health, economic, crime and environmental indicators.

It builds a picture of life in Derbyshire and illustrates where improvements are needed.

There are four broad themes - economy and skills, health and wellbeing, families and communities, and people and place.

Lots of information, including statistical indicators, needs assessments, profiles and reports are grouped under these themes.

Public Health Outcomes Framework

The Public Health Outcomes Framework sets out a vision for public health, outcomes and the indicators that will help us understand how well public health is being improved and protected

There are similar frameworks for NHS and adult care services.

We use this and other data in the work we produce and in the Derbyshire Observatory.

Public health annual reports

Each year the Director of Public Health produces a report into the health of Derbyshire. The reports are attached to this page.