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Quick guide: Health Profiles

1. What are the system requirements?

The profiles are produced using HTML and are viewable on all modern browsers (Internet Explorer 9 and above, Chrome, FireFox and Safari), and mobile devices. If you are using Internet Explorer 9 and still have trouble viewing the reports this may be a problem with 'Compatibility View'. Clicking the icon in the bar at the top of the page (compatibility view) will switch off this feature for this site, and should allow you to view the profiles.

We recommend you use a modern browser, however we have also made flash versions of the profiles available if you only have access to an earlier browser.

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2. What do the different elements of the profiles mean?

Use the buttons along the top of the screen to change between the available versions, eg 'View England profile', 'View by local authority', 'View by CCG', 'View by indicator' and 'View topical report'. Not all versions are available for all profiles. 'Show/hide areas' on local authority and clinical commissioning group (CCG) versions opens a drop down list where one or more areas can be selected to view. 'View Key' explains the meaning of the symbols used. 'Help' returns to this guide.
Clicking the metadata icon (metadata icon) next to an indicator's name will link to a metadata page with detailed information about the indicator. For Child Health Profiles the 'Metadata' button will link to a page containing an Indicator Guide.

2.1 England version

The England version shows national trend and baseline information where available.

Select an indicator name from the table to view the definition and source of the data and also a trend chart where available.

The table shows:

  • Indicator name -name of the indicator along with the year in brackets.

  • Value - latest available value for the indicator, corresponding to the year stated in the indicator name.

  • Baseline - value of the indicator at the baseline period, which will be data taken at or around 2010. The date is shown in the metadata for each indicator.

  • Trend - highlights the direction and extent of statistically significant change from the baseline year using the symbols shown in the key below.

    worse Trend: worse Values are increasing
    worse Trend: worse Values are decreasing
    no change Trend: no change No significant difference from the baseline year
    better Trend: better Values are increasing
    better Trend: better Values are decreasing
    no data No data Trend cannot be calculated

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2.2 Local authority and CCG versions

The local authority and CCG versions give more detail of how a local authority is performing compared to the England and regional values.

When the profile opens select the area, or areas, you are interested in from the list shown. Click 'Show/hide areas' when you have made your selection.

The profile shows:

  • Indicator name - name of the indicator along with the year in brackets.

  • Area - the area/s you selected.

  • Local no. - the actual number of occurances related to the value. For example in the breastfeeding profiles the Value for the 'Caesarean Section (%)' is the % of total births resulting in a caesarean section where the Number is the total number of caesarean sections in that area. For indicators where the years have been pooled the local number will be the per-year averate of these years.

  • Local value - the value of the indicator for the selected area. This might be the percentage or rate (dependent on teh measure and definition given in the metadata).

  • Baseline - (not available on all profiles) value of the indicator at the baseline period, which will be data taken at or around 2010. The date is shown in the metadata.

  • Trend - (not available on all profiles) highlights the direction and extent of statistically significant change from the baseline year using the symbols shown in the key below.

    worse Trend: worse Values are increasing
    worse Trend: worse Values are decreasing
    no change Trend: no change No significant difference from the baseline year
    better Trend: better Values are increasing
    better Trend: better Values are decreasing
    no data No data Trend cannot be calculated

  • Eng ave. - shows the England average value for the indicator.

  • England best and worst – shows the best and worst values across England. The highter value can be on either the left or right of the spine chart depending on the indicator. For example, with the indicator for 'Children with one or more decayed, missing, or filled teeth' the best value is a low one so the highest England value us to the left of the line, whereas with 'MMR vaccination for one dose (2 years)' the best value is high so the highest England value is to the right of the line.

  • Performance - this uses a spine chart to show how the area is performing compared to the England averavge (shown as a red line on the chart). This is done using the symbols below.

    Red dot area is performing significantly worse than the England average

    Green dot area is performing significantly better than the England average

    Yellow dot area is not significantly different from the England average

    White dot significance could not be calculated

    Grey diamond regional average


    The grey boxes on the spine are the upper, middle and lower quartiles.

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2.3 Indicator version (for local authority and CCG where available)

The indicator version allows you to compare performance with other areas and nationally by individual indicators. Information is displayed on a map, time series chart (where data is available) and bar chart.

Use 'Select data' to change which indicator is displayed. Use 'Select filter' to only display information for one geographical region.

Where information is available for more than one year, a time series chart is produced when you select a local authority from the map or table. You can use this to look for trends in your local area.

Use the comparators table above the bar chart to show national and regional averages where available.

For more detail about interpreting the information shown on the map and charts, see the 'Quick guide to viewing single maps'.

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2.4 Topical reports (where available)

Topical reports combine local, regional and national data into a textual report, and present it in the context of the relevant evidence. They also provide links to other sources of information such as policies and guidance.

To see the report, choose a local authority area from the drop down list.

These ready-made report allow you to copy and paste text, tables and charts into your own local presentations and reports. (Please acknowledge the National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England (PHE) as the source and state the date on which you accessed the report.)

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