This page carries supporting materials to assist with interpretation of the Fingertips profiles and further use of the indicator data. These include guidance documents and tools, some of which were previously published on the website of the Association of Public Health Observatories, and others which are more recent PHE publications. The technical guides include descriptions of standard methods used within PHE to produce indicators robustly and consistently. The content is managed by the Public Health Data Science team.
Technical Guide – Aggregation (December 2019)
Technical Guide – Assigning Deprivation Categories (updated June 2017)
Technical Guide – Directly Standardised Rates (July 2017)
Technical Guide – Funnel Plots (updated January 2018)
Technical Guide – Indices of Multiple Deprivation (updated July 2021)
Technical Guide – RAG Rating Indicator Values (updated January 2018)
Technical Guide – Spine Charts (updated July 2017)
Technical Guide – Fingertips Trend Markers (November 2017)
Tool for assigning deprivation categories (updated November 2017)
Tool for calculating common public health statistics and their confidence intervals (updated February 2018)
The PHEindicatormethods R package is available from CRAN - instructions for downloading and installing are here.
Slope index of inequality tool (simulated confidence intervals) (updated December 2017 with RII)
Life expectancy calculator (updated February 2019 with slight change to confidence interval calculations for consistency with ONS method)
For further information contact the Public Health Data Science team: firstname.lastname@example.org