Health Profiles

Public Health England (PHE) produce a health profile which gives a summary of health and inequalities in Sandwell. It includes data on some of the main health issues across the borough and also considers some differences in health within Sandwell. Click here to view the latest profile. You can also view the annual PHE profiles over time.

Key facts on Sandwell's main issues are given below. You can view PHE charts which display the data by clicking on the relevant links.


  • In 2016, 4% of full-term babies have a low birth weight in Sandwell, compared with an England average of 2.79%. This is the 2nd highest in the region.
  • Infant mortality (deaths aged under 1 year) in Sandwell stands at 5.8 per 1,000 live births, compared with 3.9 per 1,000 in England.
  • Life expectancy

  • For 2015/17, male (77.1 years) and female (81.3 years) life expectancy at birth is significantly lower in Sandwell than England (79.6 and 83.1 respectively).
  • The pattern is the same for healthy life expectancy - male (57.1 years) and female (59.0 years) figures are significantly lower in Sandwell than England (63.4 and 63.8 respectively).
  • Health improvement

  • In terms of child obesity, for 2015/16 Sandwell has the 2nd highest rate in the region and is among the worst in England (ranked 141 out of 150 local authorities).
  • In 2016/17, 70.1% of adults in Sandwell are overweight or obese.
  • In 2016/17 9.2% of Sandwell patients aged 17 & over were recorded as having diabetes (according to GP records). This is the highest rate in the region.
  • Mental health

  • Considering estimated prevalence of mental health disorders in children and young people, in 2015 Sandwell's estimated rate of 10.7% of 5-16 year olds is the highest in the West Midlands region.
  • For adults within Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG area, for 2014/15 the estimated prevalence of common mental health disorders is 16.1% of people aged 16-74 years.
  • In 2016/17, 0.6% of Sandwell residents (all ages) are recorded on GP registers as suffering from dementia. This is below the average for England.
  • Premature mortality

    Link to information about inequalities in Sandwell


  • In 2014/16, Sandwell has the highest age standardised rate of mortality from coronary heart disease in the West Midlands region, at 62.3 per 100,000 people
  • Sandwell also has the highest under 75 mortality rate from alcoholic liver disease in the West Midlands region, at 18.4 per 100,000 people
  • Smoking related deaths are also high in Sandwell. The borough rate of 333.6 per 100,000 in 2014/16 compares with the England rate of 272.0