Bradford is the fifth largest city in the UK and has some of the highest levels of poverty and ill-health. It is ethnically diverse, with a large South Asian community and a rising prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers working with policymakers have developed Bradford as a City of Research, building strong networks across health care providers and schools, connecting multiple systems and developing whole system information and analytic capacity. We have worked closely with our communities to promote a strong public voice in the focus and delivery of research and now have a population based, system wide research infrastructure with committed investment to support the delivery of interdisciplinary preventative interventions.

Bradford is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England
About 23.2% (29,390) children live in low income families
Levels of GCSE attainment (average attainment 8 score)
In Year 6, 24.4% (1,767) of children are classified as obese
The rate for alcohol-specific hospital admissions among those under 18 is 38% worse than the average for England
The rate for alcohol-related harm hospital admissions is 805%, worse than the average for England
Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.
The rate for self-harm hospital admissions is 266% worse than the average for England
This report documents the relevant context in Bradford and Tower Hamlets, drawing on a range of indicators to build a picture of the two areas in terms of child and family health outcomes, socioeconomic indicators, and inequalities in both

District Map

Bradford District covers an area of approximately 141 square miles, stretching across Airedale, Wharfedale and the Worth Valley as well as Bradford city and the towns of Bingley, Ilkley, Keighley and Shipley. 

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets has some of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK which has driven the development of a strong foundation of community-developed research, in particular through the Communities Driving Change programme and transformative community health models developed by the Bromley-by-Bow Centre.