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Maps and Data FAQ

1. General

2. Tables

3. Maps


For more guidance on using the Maps and Data view the quick guides. If you need further information or would like to find out about training opportunities, contact us using the Feedback form


1. General

What kind of information is included?

Data on the atlas is organised in a number of themes:

  • Demography (eg, current population, population projections, deprivation)
  • Pregnancy and early years (eg, teenage pregnancy, infant mortality, low birthweight, breastfeeding)
  • School aged children (eg immunisations, educational qualifications)
  • Young people (eg hospital admissions, road casualties)
  • Children with acute or additional health needs (eg hospital admissions for various conditions)
  • Workforce and spend
  • National indicator datasets
  • European atlas (European child well-being index)
  • Lower Super Output Area data

Where does the information come from?

The data is from a number of published sources including the Office for National Statistics, The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care, Hospital Episode Statistics, the Department of Health and the Department for Education.

To find out the source data for a specific indicator, click on the 'metadata' button. This gives details of how the indicator is calculated, the source of the data and links to further information that is useful for understanding the data.

Do I need to register?

No, you can use the site without registering.
However, you can choose to register for increased functionality which enables you to save custom selections, dataviews and geographies to your profile.

What level (geographical) is the information available to?

Depending on the source, data is available at PCT, Local Authority, Top Tier Local Authority, NHS Trust or Lower Super Output Area (LSOA).

How up to date is the data?

ChiMat aims to update data as soon as it is publicly available. The latest updates are listed in the 'latest updates' section of the ChiMat Data Atlas site.

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2. Tables

Can I select the data shown in the table?

Using the drop down menus at the top of the table, additional indicators and/or years can be added to the table.

Can I select the areas shown in the table?

Yes, you need to select the 'Advanced Data Selector' option to be able to select your own areas. You can choose to register for increased functionality in the Advanced Data Selector which enables you to save custom selections to your profile.

How do I download the table I've created?

Once you have set up the table with the indicators you are interested in click the CSV, XML or Excel links to download the table in your desired format.

How do I download all the data in the dataview?

The data for the maps can be downloaded by clicking on the CSV, XML or Excel icon before going into the single or double map.

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3. Atlas

How do I select the region I am interested in?

By clicking on the region button located at the top of the page you can select the region of interest. For PCTs, Strategic Health Authority is used as the filter. For Local Authorities, Government Office Region is used as the filter.

Can I copy and paste a map/chart from Data Atlas?

Yes, to do this you need to right click on the map and select Export.

If you have an earlier version of Adobe Flash Player this option will not be available. In this case you will need to:

  • Press the 'PrtScn' button on the keyboard. This will take a snapshot of the screen.
  • Paste this screen shot into Word. This will show an image of the whole screen, ie the start button and tabs at the bottom of the screen will also be included.
  • To edit the image in order to show only the map, double click on the image and 'crop' the picture

Can I print Data Atlas?

Yes, a map can be printed by right clicking the page and selecting Print Preview.

The data are displayed in quintiles. Can I change this display?

Yes, this is done by clicking the pen icon in the legend box to the left of the map and selecting which classifier you wish to use.

How do I find out more information on an indicator?

Information about an indicator is available by clicking the 'metadata' button.
This gives details of how the indicator is calculated, the source of the data and links to further information that is useful for understanding the data.

What does "count" mean in the table?

Count is the numerator used to calculate the indicator. For example, Infant mortality Count = number of deaths.

What does the background mapping do?

Background mapping shows the map in detail (eg city and town names) when the user zooms in.

I have clicked on background mapping, but nothing happens. Why?

The background mapping only appears on the atlas when you are zoomed in close enough. This is because the atlas would be loading too much information at a higher scale and slow down the use of the tool.

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