Annual Public Health Report

The Kent Public Health Annual Report for 2021 focuses on the health and wellbeing of coastal communities.

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Latest Annual Report

Latest Annual Report

The Kent Public Health Annual Report for 2021 focuses on the health and wellbeing of coastal communities.

There are twelve coastal towns in Kent scattered across Canterbury, Dover, Folkstone, Thanet, and Swale. These towns and their communities are important to the fabric of Kent and are often areas of great beauty or historical importance.

Unfortunately, these communities also have worse health outcomes than other areas of the County. It has been stated that coastal communities have long been overlooked with limited research on the health and wellbeing of residents. In 2021 the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Chris Whitty, devoted his Annual Report to Health in Coastal Communities. The present report is an attempt to further investigate the poor health outcomes of our communities in Kent.

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Previous Annual Reports

Previous Annual Reports


The Kent Public Health Annual Report for 2019 focuses on mental ill health.

It summarises the key issues identified in our recent in-depth population mental health needs assessment which contains a large amount of information, data, and analysis on Kent’s population to help inform the commissioning, design, and provision of local mental health services. Read the report (PDF, 757.8 KB).

The report focuses on these main areas:

  • Mental ill health: context and increasing prevalence and incidence
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Multimorbidity: physical and mental health
  • Co-occurring mental illness and substance misuse
  • Health inequalities, focussing on Thanet
  • Keeping yourself healthy and safe


The 2018 Public Health Annual Report (PDF, 561.9 KB) focuses on cancer outcomes across Kent. This report sets out the key challenges we face in Kent in joining systems up to achieve better and earlier care and outcomes. This report is presented in infographic style and the main topics are:

  • Cancer incidence
  • Screening coverage
  • Diagnosis of cancer in early stages
  • Modifiable risk factors for cancer
  • Cancer survival
  • Mortality from cancer


The Annual Public Health Report for 2017 ‘Sexual and reproductive Health’ picks up the highlights and overall findings of a more detailed piece of work the KCC Public Health Department has undertaken over the past 18 months looking at the sexual health of the Kent population. This work is carried out as part of our systematic approach to commissioning comprehensive sexual health and community based sexual health services for the population of Kent, a statutory requirement of Local Authorities since the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was implemented.

This report continues the health inequalities theme and is presented under four themes:

  • Sexual health is not a single issue
  • STIs are unevenly distributed
  • Importance of case findings, testing, and effective treatment
  • Service provision and utilisation

The full Sexual Health Needs Assessment is available on the Sexual Health pages within Health Intelligence.


The Annual Public Health report for 2016, 'Better Housing for Better Health' continues the health inequalities theme.  There are well established links between housing and health and this report focuses on three areas:

  • Growth, affordability, and planning
  • Indoor housing environment
  • Maintaining a stable home life

The report is presented in two parts: a graphically presented summary (PDF, 833.4 KB) and a technical report (PDF, 1.8 MB).  The report highlights the excellent partnerships and good practice across Kent and recommendations for future work to reduce the health inequalities due to housing for our most vulnerable populations.


The Annual Public Health Report 2015 (PDF, 3.6 MB) focuses on health inequalities.  It reflects on where we have got to in Kent and points to what we need to do in the future if we are going to have any success in narrowing the gap.


The 'Too much? Time to think about your drink' - Annual Public Health Report 2014 (PDF, 2.4 MB) focuses on the hidden health dangers for those people who regularly exceed the recommended drinking levels without realising they have a problem.

This is a major issue in Kent since:

  • There has been a 43% increase in the number of people in Kent dying from liver disease since 2002
  • We estimate that over 270,000 people in Kent are drinking at dangerous levels
  • Alcohol costs the health service in Kent an estimated £108 million a year