Bristol City Council has released a draft Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) profile for 2016. The new profile provides an updated and expanded overview of the changing health and wellbeing needs in Bristol, and highlights the current challenges. Some of the changes are:

  • An increase in life expectancy for people in Bristol, but despite the rise Bristol is still significantly worse than the England average for men. Also the inequalities in life expectancy across the city has not improved, the gap between the best and worst areas of the city with the gap being 9.6 years for men and 7 years for women.
  • The population for Bristol has grown 10.8% since 2005 (compared to a national growth rate of 8%). Growth rates are mainly concentrated in the inner city areas, especially for young adults. Bristol’s population is also young – with a median age of 33.1 compared to 39.9 nationally.
  • Bristol has 18,900 children (under 16) living in low -income families (23.2%), higher than the England average (20.1%) and now rising.
  • Bristol’s education results improved, but only 30% of “Disadvantaged pupils” attained 5+  GSCEs including English & Maths, compared to 67% of other pupils.
  • First -time entrants to the Youth Justice System are significantly higher than nationally, but the rate in Bristol is now falling.

To see the new draft JSNA data click here.  Public Health England have also updated its Health Profiles, visit their website  to create your own on line data set or click here for the latest Bristol Public Health Profile.