In the National Health Service (NHS), we are interested to know whether people in different parts of the country have equal access to the same quality of evidence based NHS services according to their need. We are interested in the value of the NHS services provided as it is equally important to identify ineffective practice as this can lead to wasted resources and potential patient harm.
In many localities across England, the Atlas of Variation series has been used as a stimulus to start a search for unwarranted variation, and as a springboard to releasing resources for re-investment in higher-value healthcare for local patients and populations.
The data and information presented in each of the atlases do not always explain the reason for the variation, however the strength and power of the atlas series is in the questions they raise about equity, effectiveness and value. The data on variation shown in the atlases can be triangulated with data from other sources such as PHE’s National Intelligence Networks, Health Profiles and Spend and Outcome Tools, alongside NHS Rightcare Where to Look and Focus packs. Work must continue to deepen our insights into variation seen around the country in the activity and outcomes for patients and to understand whether the variation observed is random, warranted (ie true clinical variation based on geographical variation in need) or unwarranted and caused by under- or over- provision, failure to implement evidence guidelines or poor access for patients because of travelling times, socioeconomic factors or poor health literacy.
In developing and publishing this series, PHE consults with NHS Rightcare, NHS National Clinical Directors (NCDs), Health Intelligence Networks and clinical specialists to highlight unexpected levels of variation within their area of expertise.
For enquiries relating to the atlases please contact: email@example.com
As the Atlases are large documents, we have provided individual topic sections as standalone PDFs for download as well.
|Full Document||Data File|
|Hearing||Learning Dis||Mat & Neonates||Mental Health|
|MSK||Neurological||Non PBC||Older People|
|Full Document||Data File||Metadata|
|LA Opp Tool||CCG Opp Tool|
|Alcohol||Cancer||Cardio||Child & Maternal|
|Critical Care||Dental||Emergency||End of Life|
|Gastro||Infectious Disease||Interv. Radiology||Learning Dis|
|Mental Health||MSK||Neurological||Older People|
|2012 Child Health||Full Document||Data File||Metadata|
|2012 Diabetes||Full Document||Data File||Metadata|
|2012 Kidney||Full Document||Data File||Metadata|
|2012 Respiratory||Full Document||Data File||Metadata|
|2013 Diagnostics||Full Document||Data File||Metadata|
|2013 Liver Disease||Full Document||Data File||Metadata|
2017 Liver Disease
|Sections||Introduction||Summary Table||Chronic Liver Disease|
2018 Palliative and end of life care
|Sections||1: Need||2: Hospitals||3: Community|
National Clinical Procedures Benchmarking Tool
This provides CCGs with the rates of occurrence for 27 different clinical procedures for their local area. The tool allows CCGs to compare themselves with their RightCare similar 10 peer group as well as to the England value. The purpose is to highlight areas where there is significant variation, in order to stimulate conversation about best practice and whether the variation observed is warranted or unwarranted.
For any enquiries relating to the Atlas series or to provide us with feedback please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Atlas of variation for palliative and end of life care in England has been released.