The Atlases of Variation help to identify unwarranted variation and assess the value that healthcare provides to both populations and individuals. This is produced in collaboration with PHE, NHS England and RightCare and many other organisations. Products include Compendium atlases and themed atlases for areas such as Diagnostic Services and Liver Disease.

A defining aspect of the atlases is that each of the indicator’s maps, column chart and box-and-whisker plot is accompanied by text which provides: the context for the indicator, a description of the variation and trend data, options for action and a list of evidence-based resources to support action. Interactive Atlases services can be accessed via the NHS England website.

Latest Atlas

The 2nd Atlas of variation in risk factors
and healthcare for respiratory disease

Full document User Survey
Interactive Atlas Data File Metadata

Topics

Introduction Summary Table Risk Factors
COPD Asthma Pneumonia Bronchiolitis
All Respiratory Disease Health Service Provison Tuberculosis Lung Cancer
Lung Transplantation End of Life Case Studies  

Compendiums

2010 Compendium

Full Document

 

2011 Compendium

Full Document Data File

Topics

Alcohol Cancer Circulation Dental
EmergencyCare Endocrine Gastrointestinal Genitourinary
Hearing Learning Dis Mat & Neonates   Mental Health
MSK Neurological Non PBC Older People
Respiratory Vision

 

2015 Compendium

Full Document Data File Metadata Interactive Atlas

Tools

LA Opp Tool CCG Opp Tool

Topics

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
Respiratory Vision

 

Themed Atlases

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 Diagnostics

Full Document

Data File

Metadata

Sections Introduction Imaging Endoscopy
Physiological Screening Summary Table

Slidepack

Webinar

Interactive Atlas

2017 Liver Disease

Full Document

Data File

Metadata

Sections Introduction Summary Table Chronic Liver Disease
Risk Factors Influenza Overdose

Liver Cancer

Transplants & EoLC

Interactive Atlas

2018 Palliative and end of life care

Full Document

Introduction

Summary Table

Sections 1: Need 2: Hospitals 3: Community

 

Map References

Data File

Metadata

Resources Slide Pack Interactive Atlas

Additional products

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.

Benchmarking Tool

Supplementary Spine Charts

 

For any enquiries relating to the Atlas series or to provide us with feedback please contact us on: healthcare.variation@phe.gov.uk

Recent updates

September 2019

The new 2nd Atlas of variation in risk factors and healthcare for respiratory disease in England has now been launched. 

Please provide feedback on the atlases of variation by completing a short online survey Atlas user survey.

June 2019

The Palliative and end of life care care interactive atlas has been updated. 17 of the indicators describing number of deaths, hospital activity, cause of death, place of death and the number of patients in need of palliative care as recorded on GP disease registers have been updated. They now include data up to 2017. 

December 2018

New Palliative and end of life care interactive atlas launched. This interactive version enables organisations to interrogate the data at a local level. Organisations can use the tool to see where they sit within the national landscape or within their peer group.

November 2018

Atlas of variation for palliative and end of life care in England has been released.