Health Profiles have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to improve availability and accessibility of health and health-related information. The Profiles provide a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. They are intended to help local government and health services make plans to improve local people's health and reduce health inequalities.
Health Profiles include a set of indicators that show how the area compares to the England average. These include some factors that affect health and some important health outcomes. They are reviewed each year to reflect important public health topics.
Health Profiles are presented as pdf documents and online interactive maps, charts and tables. The pdf documents are updated annually and were last updated in July 2015. The pdfs will next be updated in September/October 2016.
The data is grouped into five domains: Our communities, Children’s and young people’s health, Adults’ health and lifestyle, Disease and poor health, Life expectancy and causes of death. All these domains are displayed together under the heading “All spine chart indicators”. An additional domain called 'Inequalities indicators' has been added to display indicators that previously were only available in the annual pdf release of the Health Profiles.
Indicators are displayed separately for upper tier local authorities (counties and unitary authorities) and lower tier local authorities (districts and unitary authorities). It is important to note that indicators may have different ranges according to whether they are displayed for upper or lower tier local authorities. Some indicators cannot be shown for individual local authorities, because either the data is unavailable, or the number of measured events is too low. This can occasionally affect the calculation of the England range, and prevent an indicator being shown.
For further information see healthprofiles.info.
Select local authority area type 'County & UA' (upper tier) or ‘District and UA’ (lower tier) from the drop down box to view available indicators.
Choose how you wish to group local authorities. The default group is the former Government Office 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 for local authorities (e.g. the England average).
View indicator definitions. These include further background information.
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.
Indicators that have previously only been displayed in the annual pdf release of the Health Profiles have been added to a new domain called 'Inequalities indicators'. These are best viewed using the 'inequalities' display option. With apologies, the data displayed in the charts using this option are unavailable for download at this time, however, you can copy the chart using the 'Export chart as image' button.
The following indicators have been updated in the online tool to reflect the latest data:
The following indicator has been changed to take account of revisions to the
In addition to those listed above the following indicators that are produced for pages two and three of the pdf Health Profiles have been updated and included in the Fingertips on-line tool for the first time:
*The definition of the GCSEs achieved indicator has been revised in 2014 following the implementation of two major reforms which affect the calculation of key stage 4 (KS4) performance measures data. Therefore, data published prior to 2014 will not be comparable to data published in 2014 and beyond. Data for 2014/15 for this indicator is calculated on the basis of child residence for the first time, and therefore data won’t be comparable to previously published data. This does not affect the England value.