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A map that shows the population estimates (percentage) that daily activities are limited by illness by ward in Bolton.

A map that shows the population estimates (percentage) of those whom have self-reported 'very bad health'.

A map that shows the population estimates (percentage) of those whom have self-reported 'bad health'.

This guidance makes recommendations on individual-level interventions aimed at changing health-damaging behaviours among people aged 16 or over. It includes a range of approaches, from single interventions delivered as the opportunity arises to planned, high-intensity interventions that may take place over a number of sessions.

The behaviours covered relate to: alcohol, diet, physical activity, sex and smoking. However, the recommendations may also apply to behaviour change related to other health issues.

The recommendations are inter-linked and should be implemented together. They cover: policy and strategy, commissioning, planning, delivery, training and evaluation of individual-level behaviour change interventions. They also cover behaviour change techniques, the maintenance of change and organisational and national support.

The guidance is for: commissioners, managers, training and education organisations, service providers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit. It is particularly aimed at those who commission, design, investigate and deliver interventions to help people change their behaviour – and those who provide the training needed to carry out these activities.

The guidance may also be of interest to policy makers and researchers, as well as people who want to change their behaviour (for example, to stop smoking).

The Public Health Outcomes Framework Healthy lives, healthy people: Improving outcomes and supporting transparency sets out a vision for public health, desired outcomes and the indicators that will help us understand how well public health is being improved and protected. The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system, and groups further indicators into four ‘domains’ that cover the full spectrum of public health. The outcomes reflect a focus not only on how long people live, but on how well they live at all stages of life. This profile currently presents data for the first set of indicators at England and upper tier local authority levels, collated by the public health observatories in England. The profile allows you to:

  • Compare your local authority against other authorities in the region
  • Benchmark your local authority against the England average

Public Health Outcomes Framework baseline data will be revised and corrected in accordance with the general DH statistical policy on revisions and corrections. This profile should be a must read for all those involved in the commissioning and management of services associated with public health and health inequalities.

NICE's formal guidance on management of long-term sickness and incapacity for work.

Follow the link for full details: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH19

NICE's formal guidance on community engagement.

Follow the link for full details: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH9

NICE's formal guidance on behaviour change.

Follow the link for full details: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH6

Map showing prevalence of current levels of population who have had poor health in last 12 months within Bolton at MSOA (Middle Super Output Area) level. Taken from Bolton Health Survey 2010.

Map showing prevalence of current levels of the population who have had excellent health over the previous 12 months within Bolton at MSOA (Middle Super Output Area) level. Taken from Bolton Health Survey 2010.

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