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Key data resources

For data about particular conditions see: Commissioning for specific diseases or conditions

Health Statistics Landscape (Statistics Authority March 2016)
This overview of available health statistics is part of an overview by the UK Statistics Authority around improving the health and care statistics system. It lists statistics compiled by NHS England, ONS, Statistics Authority,  HSCIC and others. Sadly it does not include links to the resources.

Sources of Statistics: Vital Statistics (Commons Briefing papers SN07125 March 2015) – Introductory guide provides sources of statistics on population, demography and health.

Sources of Statistics: Health (Commons Briefing papers SN03843 March 2015) – Introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.

Health and social care information sources – a guide for journalists 2014 (HSCIC Dec 2013). Includes a comprehensive listing of health and social care data sources and  descriptions of the contributing organisations.

Sources of Social Statistics: Health Services and Public Health – Commons Library Standard Note February 2014. A guide to the key sources in health services and public health statistics, providing sources on waiting lists, hospital activity, ambulance services, primary care, health screening, social care, personnel, health expenditure and public health.

Department of Health statistics A list of all statistics compiled for the Department of Health.

CCG Classification Groups  (YHPHO, July 2013) – a classification that groups together CCGs with similar populations based on age structure, population density, ethnicity and deprivation.

PHE data and analysis tools – (formerly ‘Data and knowledge gateway’) – A single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England  including:

  • specific health conditions – such as cancer, mental health, cardiovascular disease
  • lifestyle risk factors – such as smoking, alcohol and obesity
  • wider determinants of health – such as environment, housing and deprivation
  • health protection, and differences between population groups, including adults, older people, and children.

OHE Guide to UK Health and Health Care Statistics, 2013
Up-to-date statistics and a guide to finding and using health statistics from the UK, including population, activity, expenditure and family health services.

NHS Data Model and Dictionary
A reference point for assured information standards to support health care activities within the NHS in England . For an overview of the different elements (eg definitions, coding, datasets, forms, diagrams) see here.

NHS England Statistical Areas

  • Accident and Emergency Waiting Times & Activity
  • Ambulance Quality Indicators
  • Bed Availability and Occupancy
  • Cancelled Elective Operations
  • Cancer Waiting Times
  • Child Immunisation
  • Consultant-led Referral to Treatment (RTT) Waiting Times
  • Critical Care Bed Capacity and Urgent Operations Cancelled
  • Delayed Transfers of Care
  • Dementia Assessment and Referral
  • Dental Commissioning
  • Diagnostic Imaging Dataset
  • Diagnostic Test Waiting Times & Activity
  • Direct Access Audiology Waiting Times
  • Friends and Family Test
  • General Practice Patient Survey
  • General Practice Patient Survey: Dental Results
  • Hospital Activity
  • Integrated Performance Measures Monitoring
  • Maternity and Breastfeeding
  • Mental Health Community Teams Activity
  • Mixed Sex Accommodation Breaches
  • National Maternity Survey
  • NHS 111 Dataset
  • Overall Patient Experience Scores
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment
  • Winter Pressure Daily Situation Reports

NHS Digital formerly NHS Information Centre, then Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
The “trusted national provider of high-quality information, data and IT systems for health and social care”.  Topics include: Community care, Estates and facilities, Hospital care, Mental health, Patient experience, Prescribing, Primary care, Public health, Social care, Standards, Workforce.

Note: Prescribing data at GP practice and CCG level using NHS Digital datasets are available from OpenPrescribing.

Many of the key indicators are available through the Indicator Portal including:

  • CCG Outcomes Indicator Seformerly known as the ‘Commissioning Outcomes Framework’ )t (
  • Compendium of Population Health Indicators (previously NCHOD).
  • GP Practice data
  • Local Basket of Inequalities Indicators (LBOI)
  • NHS Outcomes Framework
  • Quality Accounts (mandatory indicators, based on recommendations by the National Quality Board)
  • Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI)
  • Social Care (Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF)

Also the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) data. See here for 2013/14 data by area team, CCG and GP practice.

NHS Digital published a series of supplementary data tables  on a range of topics – always worht a look.

Primary Care Web Tool
A web portal for Primary Care data accessible to GP practice staff , CCGs area and regional teams of NHS England and other approved stakeholder organisations. (Registration required). Compare performance of GP practices and CCGs across a wide range of indicators.

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Comparative data

NHS Comparators – decommissioned 31 March 2015
Nationally provided resource, based on SUS, showing local activity, costs and outcomes. Login ID needed.

Primary Care Web Tool
A web portal for Primary Care data accessible to GP practice staff , CCGs area and regional teams of NHS England and other approved stakeholder organisations. (Registration required). Compare performance of GP practices and CCGs across a wide range of indicators.

Demographic data

CCG population estimates based on the ONS Annual Small Area Population Estimates, 2013

ONS Neighbourhood statistics
Detailed statistics on specific geographic areas.

Health profiles
Snapshot of health in each council area.

Corresponding health areas
National Statistics grouping of health areas using area classification variables. Table presents the 4 most similar health areas for each health area.

LTC Dashboard 
One of the NHS England tools for CCGs providing a summary of metrics that will support intelligent commissioning for long term conditions health and social care. The metrics are selected to take into account: risk factors, prevalence, quality of care, quality of life and economic activity.

NHS Staff : General Practice 2002-2012  -analysis of General Practice workforce including GPs by type and practice staff.

Episode data

Syndromic Surveillance Why are patients visiting their GP / Emergency department? – the syndromic surveillance programme is part of the public health early warning surveillance programme. Records the number of GP visits, both in hours and out of hours and ED visits for known indicators.

Hospital Episode Statistics
The national statistical data warehouse for England of the care provided by NHS hospitals and for NHS hospital patients treated elsewhere. HES is the data source for a wide range of healthcare analysis for the NHS, government and many other organisations and individuals.

Trends in consultation rates in General Practice 1995-2009 – HSCIC

Financial data

Payment by Results in the NHS: tariff for 2013 to 2014
Tariff and guidance to support Payment by Results (PbR) to healthcare providers in 2013 to 2014.

NHS reference costs
Reference costs are the average unit cost to the NHS of providing secondary healthcare to NHS patients and are used to set prices for NHS-funded services in England. Updated annually.

Unit Costs of Health and Social Care
Annual publication from Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) outlining unit costs of health and social care services, including care home and hospital services, and health professionals.

NHS Prescription Services
Calculates the remuneration and reimbursement due to dispensing contractors across England and provide the NHS with a range of drug, financial and prescribing information including ePACT (real time on-line analysis of the previous sixty months prescribing data held on NHS Prescription Services’ Prescribing Database) and ePFIP (Electronic Prescribing & Financial Information for Practices).

Performance data

See sections on Managing provider performance and Benchmarking.

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