Evidence review of homeless adults with complex needs

Public Health England South East have produced an evidence review examining homeless situation across England with insights into the current evidence base to support action to prevent and reduce homelessness. 


The evidence review has a particular focus on individuals who are street homeless and those who street beg to support efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness and the adverse outcomes associated with this.

PHE’s purpose was to provide an overview of the national picture in relation to homelessness and provide insights into the current evidence base to support action in preventing and reducing homelessness, particularly with those who are street sleeping and street begging.

This evidence review highlights some of the gaps in data, research and evidence that exist and recommends that:

  •  local authorities consider the findings of this review and how they may be able to utilise it in the context of their local situations (the publication has some toolkits, guides and strategies)
  • PHE considers the research/evidence/data gaps in this area and how they  may beable to overcome some of these and support the development of the evidence base for this highly complex and vulnerable group

    Further information from Public Health England
    The full review is available from PHE


Adult obesity trends for England map

Public Health England Obesity Risk Factors Intelligence team have published a moving map showing the change in prevalence of adult obesity for each region in England from 1993-2016 based on Health Survey for England (HSE) data.

This is a useful presentational tool for local, regional and national practitioners and policy makers as it gives a visual representation of the scale of obesity in adults across England and how this has progressed over the years. It can be downloaded and used freely with acknowledgement to Public Health England.

The map along with other PHE obesity–related resources can be downloaded here


Child and maternal health statistics

Updated statistics to support improvements in decision making when planning services for pregnant women, children, young people and families | Public Health England

Contents include:

  1. Overview of child health and child health profiles
  2. Pregnancy and birth statistics
  3. Breastfeeding statistics
  4. Early years statistics
  5. School-age children statistics
  6. Young people statistics
  7. Health visitor service delivery metrics
  8. Child development outcomes at 2 to 2 and a half years metrics

Full detail at Public Health England


Public Health England: evaluations and recommendations

This document is the final report of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes peer review of Public Health England. It looks at Public Health England’s progress as an organisation, with both commendations and recommendations for future work.

The authors report that in less than five years, Public Health England has, under strong and visionary leadership, transformed a geographically and functionally siloed group of 129 bodies into a strong, capable, coordinated, united and efficient public health agency that rivals any in the world.

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The report goes on to state that PHE meets or exceeds the standards outlined in the UK Government Cabinet Office Model of Capability including those for delivery, leadership and strategy.


It notes that PHE’s experience in change management over the past five years, and its expertise in delivering the Essential Public Health Functions should be used as a best practice by other countries wishing to conduct and organize public health at the highest level of excellence.

Stay Well This Winter

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England’s national winter campaign, Stay Well This Winter returns for 2017


The Stay Well This Winter  campaign will be running from 9th October 2017. The campaign encourages at-risk groups to get the free NHS flu vaccination, and to take simple, easy-to-achieve actions to avoid admission to hospital during the winter period.

A range of resources, such as leaflets, posters, guides and resource packs for the campaign are avilable to order via the Public Health England Website

PHE will again this year be supporting pharmacies to promote the key campaign messages in-store by distributing materials. All small-chain and independent pharmacies will be receiving a kit of promotional materials (including posters, shelf wobblers and leaflets) via the Healthcare Distribution Association.

Alcohol: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help healthcare professionals reduce alcohol-related harm | Public Health England

Public Health England have updated their evidence and guidance pages to reflect the correct number of adults drinking at levels that pose risk to their health.

Alcohol-related harm is a major health problem. Reducing alcohol-related harm is one of the key indicators in health improvement.

31% of men and 16% of women in England drink alcohol in a way that presents increasing risk or potential harm to their health and wellbeing. This proportion is higher for the 15 to 64 age group.  The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 revealed that, in England, alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for early death, ill health and disability for those aged 15 to 49 years. For all ages it is the fifth most important.

Up to 17 million working days are lost annually through absences caused by drinking; up to 20 million are lost through loss of employment or reduced employment opportunities.

Public Health England’s alcohol learning resources provides online resources and learning for commissioners, planners and practitioners working to reduce alcohol-related harm.

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Read more at Public Health England