Liverpool’s priorities and challenges

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Liverpool’s Journey to Recovery

Life course statistics: Liverpool 2022

A comparison between Liverpool and England.

Liverpool facts

486,100 people live in Liverpool.

Around 62%of the population live in the top 20% most deprived areas in England.

3 in every 10 children under 16 live in poverty.

Women can expect to live to 79.9 years and men to 76.1 years

On average, men will spend 23% of their lives in poor health and women will spend 28% in poor health.


Liverpool’s statistical significance compared to England:

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Significant trend:

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Starting well

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Life expectancy at birth


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Infant mortality


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Premature births


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Low birth weight (term babies)



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Smoking at time of delivery



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Babies first feed breast milk


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Admissions for injuries (age 5 or less)


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MMR 2 doses (age 5)


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School readiness



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Obese children (age 4-5)


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Children in care


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Self harm admissions (15-24)


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Living well

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Smoking prevalence


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Obese adults


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Physically active adults


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Alcohol specific admissions


Getting worse

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Consuming '5-a-day'


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Depression prevalence


Getting worse

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NHS Health Check update


Getting worse

Ageing well

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Falls injuries 65+


No change

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Dementia diagnosis


No change

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Still at home 90 days after hospital discharge



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Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at 65+


Wider determinants

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Average income

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Healthy neighbourhoods

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Domestic abuse

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Air quality

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Violent crime

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Rented accommodation


Average (Median) Income is extracted from CACI England average = £33,820 and Liverpool average = £23,476.

All other data from Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and Public Health Profiles. © Crown copyright 2022.


Liverpool Public Health Priorities

Some parts of Liverpool are amongst the most deprived areas in England. Three in every 10 children under 16 years old will live in poverty.

The COVID-19 Pandemic worsened existing health issues and has resulted in poorer health outcomes and increased inequalities across the city. 

As we moved to Living Safely & Fairly with COVID-19, the Public Health Team and partners had to assess priorities for recovery: 

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

 The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that addressing growing levels of mental ill health is one of the defining public health challenges of our time. 

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Children and Young People

Whilst children were less likely than adults to have been hospitalised with the virus, their access to health care, education and social support has been badly disrupted and their mental health has been disproportionately affected. Liverpool are committed to undertaking a review of the 0 –19 service in 2023 to ensure it is appropriate to meet the needs of local families.

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Long Term Conditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the effect on many people with pre-existing long-term health conditions. Many people will have deteriorated faster than usual since the pandemic started. Furthermore, early intervention programmes such as the NHS Health check stopped during the pandemic so it was a priority to restart health improvement programmes.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health

Liverpool remain committed to a prevention-focused and behaviour change programme in relation to HIV locally. This year has also seen the emergence of Monkeypox (now re-named MPox), a rare disease spread by close contact between humans (including during sex). It mainly occurs in Central and West Africa, but this year moved across countries and a global outbreak followed. 

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Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery (ADDER)

Liverpool remains committed to the ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery) programme. Now in its second year, ADDER is an innovative and targeted programme aiming to reduce drug-related offending, drug deaths and prevalence of drug use.

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Wider Determinants of Health

The NHS we all value and rely on was never meant to go it alone. It was supposed to be part of a wider system supporting people from cradle to grave; with decent jobs, pay, homes and education – these are called the wider determinants of health. Liverpool Marmot Partnership Group has been developed to tackle the wider determinants in Liverpool by working together to tackle issues around housing, income, climate change and Mental Health. Liverpool has also continued to commit to the Healthy Cities Network which recognises the wider determinants of health and the need to work in collaboration across the public, private, voluntary and community organisations to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Public Health Spending Graph

Public Health is funded by the  Public Health grant, approximately £46 m a year, which is spent on areas outlined below.  This is not the full extent of spending on preventative activity in this city, but a reflection of key areas where the public health grant is spent.

Spending on Public Health 2022

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£13.8m Children (0-19)

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£13m Drugs and alcohol – harm prevention and treatment

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£13m Sexual health service

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£4.2m Other expenditure
(Healthy Homes and Cities)

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£0.9m Smoking and tobacco

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£0.7m Weight management

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£0.6m Public health and guidance

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£200k NHS health checks

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£150k Physical activity

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£70k Mental wellbeing and wellness