Public health in North Lincolnshire

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Charity offers advice to people tempted to drink more than usual

Drug, alcohol and mental health charity We Are With You (formerly Addaction) is offering advice to people tempted to drink more than usual due to the measures in place to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Simple tips to reduce your drinking:

  • Drink free days – Having several drink free days will help reduce your alcohol use which should improve your physical and mental health. Public Health England has a Drink Free Days App to help you manage this.
  • Find a routine – Social distancing can leave you feeling out of sync, but a routine can help provide order and familiarity. Try dividing your day up into sections and plan what you’re going to do at each time. Have slots for work, meals, chores, relaxation, exercise and stick to these as much as possible.
  • Stay in touch – Not being able to go out or have friends and family to visit can make people feel lonely, so make time to call people and where possible video call so you can see a friendly face.
  • Reach out for support – There’s no shame in needing a helping hand in these tough times. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one you can speak anonymously to a trained advisor via We Are With You’s online webchat.



Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill. Responsibility for many public health functions has now passed to North Lincolnshire Council. The council now has a new statutory duty to take steps to improve the health and well being of residents in North Lincolnshire.  This includes the mandatory responsibility of:

  • Weighing and measuring children
  • Providing health checks for eligible people
  • Providing sexual health services
  • Providing a public health advice service
  • Protecting the health of the local population

Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is a statutory committee of the council where key leaders from the health and social care system work together to improve the health and well being of the local population and reduce health inequalities. The statutory functions of the HWB are to prepare and publish a North Lincolnshire Strategic Assessment, prepare and publish a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and to encourage and promote integrated working and joint commissioning across agencies. Read the Health and Wellbeing Boards – a practical guide [PDF, 509Kb] document for more information.

North Lincolnshire Strategic Assessment

The North Lincolnshire Strategic Assessment is a process through which North Lincolnshire Council services (both the People and Places directorates) work together with health services (North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group) to assess the health and social needs of the North Lincolnshire population and determine priorities for commissioning services.

The North Lincolnshire Strategic Assessment evidence base, and associated documents and data, are maintained on the Health and Wellbeing Evidence page.

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS)

The focus of this high level strategy is on what partners can do better together to add value and identify opportunities for working together differently, whilst delivering value for money in order to ensure that North Lincolnshire is a healthy place to live where everyone enjoys improved wellbeing and where inequalities are significantly reduced.

Read the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) 2013 to 2018 [PDF, 3Mb].

Read the JHWS – Strategic Priority Actions 2016 to 2018 [PDF, 1Mb].

Read the JHWS reference and technical document [PDF, 3Mb].

Annual public health report

All Directors of Public Health are required to produce an annual public health report which summarises the current health of the local community. These reports provide a valuable source of information about health needs over time. They highlight where progress has been made over the previous 12 months as well as any local issues which need to be addressed.

The latest Annual Public Health Report is now available on the North Lincolnshire Strategic Assessment website.

Reports from previous years are also available through the North Lincolnshire Data Observatory.