The Health Profiles have been produced annually since 2006, providing a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. The aim of the Health Profiles has been to improve the availability and accessibility of health and health related information whilst helping local government and health services make plans to improve local people's health and reduce health inequalities.
Through time, as the quantity, quality and availability of health related information has increased, the Health Profiles have evolved from an annual pdf snapshot report to also include an online, interactive Health Profiles tool which allows data to be updated regularly (the online tool is updated quarterly with the latest information available).
The Health Profiles currently include 31 indicators, including factors that affect health and important health outcomes. These are reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect important public health topics.
The pdf documents were last updated in September 2016 and can be downloaded using the Find your Health Profile section above or via the Download section of the Health Profiles online tool.
For details of previous updates visit the Health Profiles collection on GOV.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/health-profiles.
The data can be accessed online by clicking the ‘Start, View Profile Data’ button. The data in the online tool are grouped into five domains in the same way as presented on the spine chart on page 4 of the pdf report:
These domains are also displayed together in a single list under the heading “All spine chart indicators”.
In May 2016 an additional domain called 'Inequalities indicators' was added to display indicators that were previously only available in the annual pdf release of the Health Profiles. These are best viewed using the inequalities display option.
Part of the data for three indicators in the inequalites domain cannot currently be downloaded directly from the online tool, you can download the underlying data here. You can also copy the chart using the 'Export chart as image' button directly within the online tool when using the inequalities display option.
Indicators can be grouped online by various geographies and the data displayed in multiple ways. The default view is a tabular ‘overview’ but other options include maps, trends over time and area comparisons or profiles. Where available, data are broken down by gender, ethnicity or deprivation.
For information broken down by smaller geographies (e.g. electoral wards) the Local Health tool has been developed, allowing you to build your own unique area by selecting a combination of smaller ones, and to produce maps and reports for these bespoke areas.
Select geography type of interest: ‘Region’, 'County & UA' (upper tier) or ‘District & UA’ (lower tier) from the drop down box to view available indicators.
For local authorities you can choose how you wish to group them. The default group is Region, but other groups are available e.g. PHE Centre, ONS cluster group (for lower tier local authorities) or deprivation decile (for upper tier local authorities).
Choose an appropriate benchmark (e.g. the England average). The default view is the overview, choose from the different options to display the information in the form of a map, explore trends over time, compare or profile areas. When data are available the inequalities view can also be used to breakdown the data by gender, ethnicity or deprivation.
Information on the source data and methodology used to compile each indicator (the metadata) can be seen using the definitions view.
You can also download the underlying data to an Excel file for your selected type of local authority (upper tier or lower tier) for your chosen group of areas, or for England as a whole.
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.
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.
The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:
A number of indicators have undergone changes due to the refreshed PHOF and Health Profiles consultation, changes are summarised below:
New (replacement) indicators:
A full rationale explaining the changes made can be downloaded from our FAQ section
Data have been corrected following the idenfication of an error in Premature mortality (in most and least deprived deprivation quintiles).
An error has been identified with the regional values for the indicators "Smoking prevalence in adults – current smokers (APS)" and “Smoking prevalence in adults in routine and manual occupations – current smokers (APS)” for 2014 only. These values have now been corrected.