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PHIT Reports are in-depth analytical reports on specific public health topics that affect the population of Bolton that have been produced by the Public Health Intelligence Team of Bolton Council. They are listed below in chronological order. Please click on a title to view report.

(any report that has been superseded by a more recent publication is highlighted in RED)

In-depth analysis of NCMP by Bolton Council Public Health Intelligence Team


  • Approximately 1 in 10 Reception children and 1 in 5 Year 6 children in Bolton are classified as very overweight
  • 22.8% of Reception aged children and 34.3% of Year 6 children are either overweight or very overweight
  • The proportion of very overweight children more than doubles between Reception and Year 6
  • Boys in Bolton are more likely to be overweight or very overweight than girls
  • Asian children (especially Asian Indian) in Bolton are more likely to be underweight than the other major ethnic group. This proportion increases 3% from Reception (4.4%) to Year 6 (7.4%)
  • The ethnic profile of the child population in Bolton plays a role in the prevalence of obesity as does the geographical distribution
  • The association between deprivation and childhood obesity prevalence seen nationally is not so clear in Bolton
  • The proportion of underweight children is higher in areas of Bolton that are considered to be more deprived



The report summarises the key health issues for men living in East part of the borough. The report provides latest statistics for the specific areas of Bradshaw, Breightmet, Little Lever and Darcy Lever, and Tonge with the Haulgh,.The majority of data is taken from the Bolton Health & Wellbeing Survey which is a few years out of date but is still the most reliable sub-Bolton level data we have available. The survey is due to updated this year.

The link between poverty and ethnicity is complex, and the relationship is not yet well understood. This ongoing programme of research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at the underlying reasons for variations in low income and deprivation among different ethnic groups in the UK and the problems it causes. It also suggests ways to tackle poverty across all ethnicities more effectively. This collection of resources can be accessed by clicking here: or each report can be accessed individually below:

This document provides guidance to support an NHS organisation when they are developing or reviewing safeguarding policies and procedures around female genital mutilation (FGM).

It can be used by health professionals from all sectors, particularly designated and named safeguarding leads, and local safeguarding children board members. It is based on existing best practice within the NHS. It has been developed in partnership with health and social care professionals, and professional bodies.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

This document sets out what some elements of a successful and safe service to support women and girls with female genital mutilation (FGM) might look like. It has been developed in partnership with healthcare professionals currently involved in providing healthcare services, and it aims to highlight what commissioners might want to consider when developing a new service.

It can be used by any healthcare commissioners, by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), area teams and service development leads.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

This guidance is for all those involved in promoting older people's mental wellbeing. It focuses on practical support for everyday activities, based on occupational therapy principles and methods. This includes working  with older people and their carers to agree what kind of support they need. It replaces the guidance 'mental wellbeing and older people'

NICE recommendations include the following:

  • Offer regular sessions that encourage older people to construct daily routines to help maintain or improve their mental wellbeing. The sessions should also increase their knowledge of a range of issues, from nutrition and how to stay active to personal care.
  • Offer tailored, community-based physical activity programmes. These should include moderate-intensity activities (such as swimming, walking, dancing), strength and resistance training, and toning and stretching exercises.
  • Advise older people and their carers how to exercise safely for 30 minutes a day on 5 or more days a week, using examples of everyday activities such as shopping, housework and gardening. (The 30 minutes can be broken down into 10-minute bursts.)
  • Promote regular participation in local walking schemes as a way of improving mental wellbeing. Help and support older people to participate fully in these schemes, taking into account their health, mobility and personal preferences.
  • Involve occupational therapists in the design of training offered to practitioners.

This can be accessed by clicking here:

The 8 principles in this document are informed by evidence and practitioner feedback about what works, and if applied consistently and comprehensively will contribute towards helping protect and promote student emotional health and wellbeing (H&W). The document signposts to Ofsted inspection criteria, practice examples and resources to support implementation.

The document may also be of interest to:

  • school and college governing bodies
  • staff working in education settings
  • school nurses
  • local public health teams
  • academy chains
  • others with a role of promoting Health & Wellbeing of children and learners

This report can be accessed by clicking here:

The 2013 Children’s Dental Health (CDH) Survey, commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, is the fifth in a series of national children’s dental health surveys that have been carried out every ten years since 1973.

The 2013 survey provides statistical estimates on the dental health of 5, 8, 12 and 15 year old children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, using data collected during dental examinations conducted in schools on a random sample of children by NHS dentists and nurses. The survey measures changes in oral health since the last survey in 2003, and provides information on the distribution and severity of oral diseases and conditions in 2013.

The survey oversampled schools with high rates of free school meal eligibility to enable comparison of children from lower income families* (children eligible for free school meals in 2013) with other children of the same age, in terms of their oral health, and related perceptions and behaviours*.

The 2013 survey dental examination was extended so that tooth decay (dental caries) could be measured across a range of detection thresholds. This reflects the way in which the detection and management of tooth decay has evolved towards more preventive approaches to care, rather than just providing treatment for disease. This survey provides estimates for dental decay across the continuum of caries, including both restorative and preventive care needs*.

Complementary information on the children's experiences, perceptions and behaviours relevant to their oral health was collected from parents and 12 and 15 year old children using self-completion questionnaires. The self-completion questionnaire for older children was introduced for the 2013 survey.

You can access this resource by clicking here:

‘Future in mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing’ makes a number of proposals the government wishes to see by 2020. These include:

  • tackling stigma and improving attitudes to mental illness
  • introducing more access and waiting time standards for services
  • establishing ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community
  • improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable

The report sets out how much of this can be achieved through better working between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services. It also makes it clear that many of these changes can be achieved by working differently, rather than needing significant investment.

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