These are produced each year by the Association of Public Health Observatories with funding from the Department of Health. They are designed to provide accessible summaries of the health of local people to assist in prioritising and planning services.
Each Health Profile document includes:
- An ‘At a glance’ summary description of people’s health in the area
- Maps and charts that show how the health in the area compares to the national and local view
- Trended information showing changes in death rates over a ten year period of time
- A ‘spine chart’ health summary showing the difference in health between the area and the average for England for 32 indicators
This information is also provided via interactive maps which enable comparisons of several areas for all indicators in the spine chart.