The single biggest rise in confidence in the latest Barometer survey of public health directors was for the access target on sexual health services, the overall number up from 6.08 out of 10 to 7.09. At the other end of the scale, optimism on the 2010 childhood obesity target has fallen to an all-time low, down from 3.33 out of 10 in December to 3.15.

The single biggest rise in confidence in the latest Barometer survey of public health directors was for the access target on sexual health services, the overall number up from 6.08 out of 10 to 7.09. At the other end of the scale, optimism on the 2010 childhood obesity target has fallen to an all-time low, down from 3.33 out of 10 in December to 3.15.

As a bonus question, we asked directors of public health whether obesity prevalence was included as part of their local area agreement - more than two-thirds said it was.

The public health Barometer is based on an anonymous survey of 90 PCT public health directors. It is run in association with the Association of Public Health Observatories ( www.apho.org.uk). If you are a PCT director of public health and want to join the panel e-mail nick.edwards@emap.com