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Introduction

The Health Profiles provide a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. They are conversation starters, highlighting issues that can affect health in each locality.

Health Profiles aim to:image of Health Profile pdf front page

  • provide a consistent, concise, comparable and balanced overview of the population’s health
  • inform local needs assessment, policy, planning, performance management, surveillance and practice
  • be primarily of use to joint efforts between local government and the health service to improve health and reduce health inequalities
  • empower the wider community

Traditionally the Health Profiles have been a 4 page pdf report. These reports have been produced annually since 2006 - all previous versions are available to download from this website.

The most recent pdf report was published in September 2016 and contained 31 indicators. Indicators are reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect important public health topics.

This website allows you to explore and download the data using the online tool and to download the freely available pdf reports.

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.

Future updates

Health Profiles are Official Statistics, future releases are published on the Statistics Release Calendar.

Official Statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence, further information on types of statstics can be found at https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/.

The calendar includes both planned updates to the Health Profiles online tool and planned future releases of the annual Health Profiles pdfs.

Previous updates

For details of previous updates visit the Health Profiles collection on GOV.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/health-profiles.

The Health Profiles online tool

The pdf reports are supplemented by the Health Profiles online tool. The online tool is updated quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month in:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

The data can be accessed by clicking the ‘START, Go to the data’ button.

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:

  • Our communities
  • Children’s and young people’s health
  • Adults’ health and lifestyle
  • Disease and poor health
  • Life expectancy and causes of death

These domains are also displayed together in a single list under the heading ‘All spine chart indicators’.

See the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section for help with using the online tool.

Inequalities

An additional domain called 'Inequalities indicators' was added to display indicators previously only available in the pdf reports. These are best viewed using the ‘Inequalities’ display option.

Data for these indicators can now be directly downloaded from the Health Profiles online tool using the 'Download' tab.

Local Health

The Local Health tool has been developed to display information broken down by other geographies including:

  • Wards
  • Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)
  • Parliamentary constituencies

The tool allows you to:

  • access interactive maps and reports
  • create your own geographies
  • compare any selected area to the England average
  • produce maps and reports for these bespoke areas

The tool can be accessed via http://www.localhealth.org.uk/






An introduction to using the Fingertips Tool

Recent updates

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

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

  • 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