Local health is a collection of health indicators presented for small geographical areas. 

These indicators are for local authority public health analysts so they can assess and target inequalities in specific areas. Local health enables comparisons between small geographic areas to a larger one, for a single point in time, and is not designed for time trend analysis. 

The data covers the following areas:

  • middle super output areas (MSOA)
  • electoral wards
  • local authorities
  • England as a whole

The indicators are related to:

  • population and demographic factors
  • wider determinants of health
  • health outcomes

For further technical guidance to geographic areas please go to the Office for National Statistics UK geographies page

For further technical guidance on on we apply statistical methods to small geographic areas please go to the public health methods page in Fingertips. The association of public health observatories (APHO) technical briefing 6 refers to small area geographies.

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For enquiries or feedback relating to Local health, public health data for small geographic areas pages, email  PHA-OHID@dhsc.gov.uk