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Introduction

The Local Authority Health Profiles provide an overview of health for each local authority in England. They pull together existing information in one place and contain data on a range of indicators for local populations, highlighting issues that can affect health in each locality.
The profiles are intended to help local government and health services make plans to improve the health of their local population and reduce health inequalities.

What do we produce?

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  • A Local Authority Health Profile pdf report that is available to download. This is updated annually, usually in July.
  • The Health Profiles online tool that provides access to the latest available data. Indicators are made available in the online tool at the same time they are published in other fingertips profiles. The May release of the tool provides the information for the pdf report.

The data can be accessed by clicking the ‘START, Go to the data’ button. Data in the online tool are grouped into seven domains. All indicators are displayed together in a single list under the heading ‘All spine chart indicators’.

Local Authority Health Profiles are part of a series of outputs produced by Public Health England summarising the health of the population. The Health Profile for England focuses on national health trends. Local Health provides health information for small areas within local authorities, enabling users to explore differences at a more local level.

If you have any queries our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section is designed to help or alternatively you can use the ‘Contact us’ section to email us.

Official Statistics

Local Authority Health Profiles are Official Statistics and are produced based on the three pillars of the Code of Practice for Statistics: Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.

Future releases are published on the Statistics Release Calendar. Previous updates are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/health-profiles.

Revisions to the content of the Health Profiles are listed in the Health Profiles Revisions Log (excel file download)






An introduction to using the Fingertips Tool

Recent updates

Correction - 10th July 2018

A correction has been applied to the count for ‘Smoking prevalence in adults (aged 18+)’ in 2017 for counties. All percentages remain unchanged and other geographies are unaffected. See revisions log for details.

July 2018

The 2018 Local Authority Health Profile pdfs have been released. These can be accessed via the Find your Health Profile section or via the Download section of the Health Profiles online tool.

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data.

June 2018

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data.

Note indicators have been organised into new domains: 

  • Life expectancy and causes of death
  • Injuries and ill health
  • Behavioural risk factors
  • Child health
  • Inequalities
  • Wider determinants of health
  • Health protection
  • All spine chart indicators
  • Supporting information

May 2018

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data. 
Indicators are sourced from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) unless otherwise stated.

  • Cancer diagnosed at early stage
  • Children in low income families (under 16s)
  • Excess weight in adults
  • Under 18 conceptions
  • Percentage ethnic minorities
  • The percentage of people resident in the area living in each national deprivation quintile (calculated for Health Profiles)
  • Premature mortality from all causes - inequality data added (calculated for Health Profiles)

The following indicators have been added to the Health Profiles following consultation with users.

  • Smoking prevalence in adults in routine and manual occupations (from Local Tobacco Control Profiles)
  • Percentage of people aged 16-64 in employment
  • Percentage population aged under 18
  • Percentage population aged 65+

The following indicators have been removed from the Health Profiles following consultation with users.

  • Recorded diabetes
  • Smoking-related deaths
  • Dependency ratio

A summary of responses to the Health Profiles user survey 2018 has been uploaded to the FAQ section.

April 2018

The 2017 pdf reports were revised to correct an error in the deprivation maps on page 2. See revisions log for details.

The following indicator has been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data. 
This indicator is sourced from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF)

  • Percentage of physically active adults - current method

In addition, 2015/16 data for Percentage of physically active adults has been corrected due to an error in the Active Lives Survey data, which Sport England has now corrected. For more information see the Sport England website https://www.sportengland.org/research/active-lives-survey/a-revision-to-active-lives-stats.

CIPFA have updated their Nearest Neighbours Model in 2018, resulting in amended peer groups for local authorities. These new benchmarking groups have been implemented in Fingertips from April 2018.

February 2018

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data. 
Indicators are sourced from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) unless otherwise stated.

  • Violent crime (violence offences)
  • Breastfeeding initiation
  • Hospital stays for self-harm
  • Hospital stays for alcohol-related harm
  • Hip fractures in people aged 65 and over
  • Life expectancy at birth
  • Killed and seriously injured on roads
  • Inequality in life expectancy at birth LA
    (formerly Slope index of inequality in life expectancy at birth within English local authorities, based on local deprivation deciles within each area)

January 2018

The following indicator has been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data.
This indicator is sourced from the NCMP Local Authority Profile.

  • Obese children (Year 6)

November 2017

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data. 
Indicators are sourced from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) unless otherwise stated.

  • Statutory homelessness - eligible homeless people not in priority need
  • Smoking status at time of delivery (revised method)
  • Excess weight in adults (revised data source and method)
  • Incidence of TB
  • Infant mortality
  • Suicide rate
  • Smoking related deaths (from Local Tobacco Control Profiles)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Excess Winter Deaths Index
  • Under 75 mortality rate from all causes (from Longer Lives)

October 2017

Indicator criteria document published to the FAQ section.

September 2017

The following indicators have been added to the online tool:

  • Percentage of physically active adults - current method

The previous indicator for physically active adults has been retained and is re-titled with historic method.

A summary of responses to the Health Profiles user survey 2017 has been uploaded to the FAQ section.

August 2017

The following indicators have been added to the online tool:

  • Estimated dementia diagnosis rate (aged 65+)

July 2017

The 2017 pdf Health Profiles have been released. These can be accessed via the Find your Health Profile section or via the Download section of the Health Profiles online tool. A full list of changes made can be downloaded from our Frequently Asked Questions section.

June 2017

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:

  • New sexually transmitted infections (STI)
  • Smoking Prevalence in adults

May 2017

  • Long term unemployment
  • Alcohol specific admission episodes (under 18)
  • Cancer diagnosed at early stage
  • Hospital stays for self-harm
  • Admission episodes for alcohol-related conditions - narrow definition
  • Hip fractures in people aged 65 and over
  • Smoking related deaths

Removed indicators:

  • Deaths from Drug misuse

April 2017

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:

  •  Under 18 conceptions (2015) 

March 2017

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:

  •  GCSEs achieved (5A*-C including English & Maths)

February 2017

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:

  • Children in low income families (under 16s)
  • Obese children (Year 6)
  • Life expectancy at birth (Male)
  • Life expectancy at birth (Female)
  • Killed and seriously injured on roads
  • The percentage of people resident in the area living in each national deprivation quintile

November 2016

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:

  • Statutory homelessness
  • Violent crime (violent offences)
  • Smoking status at time of delivery
  • Smoking prevalence in adults*
  • Excess weight in adults
  • Incidence of TB
  • Infant Mortality
  • Suicide rate
  • Deaths from drug misuse
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Excess Winter Deaths

*Additional inequalities data by age and socioeconomic group were added for this indicator

09/09/2016 - Correction notice

An error has been identified with the “Local priorities” paragraph of a number of profiles from the London area. The local priorities for 2015 were included in these profiles instead of the updated 2016 priorities. The affected Health Profile 2016 reports have now been updated, profiles downloaded prior to this date will be incorrect.

The authorities with Profiles affected were: Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.

September 2016

The 2016 PDF Health Profiles have been released. These can be accessed via the Find your Health Profile section or via the Download section of the Health Profiles online tool.

August 2016

The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:

  • Percentage of physically active adults
  • New sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (exc Chlamydia aged under 25)

A number of indicators have undergone changes due to the refreshed PHOF and Health Profiles consultation, changes are summarised below:

Definition changes:

  • Statutory homelessness
  • Smoking prevalence
  • Infant mortality
  • Suicide rate

New (replacement) indicators:

  • Deprivation score (IMD2015)
  • Cancer diagnosed at early stage
  • Deaths from drug misuse

Removed indicators:

  • Deprivation (% of people in an area living in 20% most deprived areas in England (IMD2015))
  • Incidence of malignant melanoma
  • Prevalence of opiate and/or crack use
  • Obese adults

A full rationale explaining the changes made can be downloaded from our FAQ section