This blog accompanies the official release of the Public Health Dashboard and is intended to serve as an introduction to the tool.
The purpose of the Public Health Dashboard (PHD) is to support local decision-making by bringing existing comparative data into one place and making it accessible and meaningful to a wide audience.
The PHD contains data on public health service areas that local authorities lead. These include mandated functions. The majority of data included in the PHD is already in the public domain, but by summarising the data the dashboard will help stakeholders understand how local authorities compare to one another. The PHD provides a summary of data in seven service areas:
- Best start in life
- Child obesity
- Drug treatment
- Alcohol treatment
- NHS Health Checks
- Sexual health services
- Tobacco control
Alongside these is a single headline indicator on air quality.
For each of the seven areas a composite summary rank is calculated by combining a number of component indicators (this is not necessary for air quality as it is a stand-alone headline indicator). Each local authority has then been given a ranking that describes how local delivery compares with all other local authorities. They can be shown in relation to their nearest statistical neighbours, as defined by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA, 2018), by deprivation decile, or for England as a whole.
For more details about the methodology used to calculate the summary rank indicators please click here.
The dashboard is designed to prompt further investigation about how local delivery compares and is supported by the in-depth information that is contained within Local Authority (LA) Health Profiles, PHOF and other profiles on PHE’s Fingertips.