The level of need in the population
Health Profiles are designed to help local government and health services identify problems in their areas and decide how to tackle them. They provide a snapshot of the overall health of the local population, and highlight potential problems through comparison with other areas and with the national average.
The national 'Health Profiles' programme has historically been a partnership endeavour between the Department of Health and the Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO).
Since April 2003, Public Health England (the new executive agency of the Department of Health responsible for the protection and improvement of the nation's health) has taken on this responsibility. The aim of the profiles are to improve the availability and accessibility of national health-related information by giving a snapshot overview of health outcomes for each local authority (LA) in England.
In the words of Public Health England, "Health Profiles provide summary health information to support local authority members, officers and community partners to lead for health improvement". More information about the programme including Derby's current and historic profiles and interactive local authority level maps are now available to view on Public Health England's Health Profiles website.
The current 2013 Derby Health Profile is also available to download, together with a 'health summary' for Derby that compares health outcomes in the city to our neighbouring and other comparator Local Authorities.
'Local Health' is a new addition to the Health Profiles family of products. It takes the concept of the health profiles programme and provides a similar array of health information but at smaller, 'neighbourhood" sized geographies. This quality assured health information is presented clearly for users within the health service. local government and the public, and can be explored in more detail through an interactive mapping tool on the Local Health website.
Detailed reports taken from this tool for the seventeen Wards in Derby can be accessed form the list below, and compliment the Neighbourhood Profiles that are already published on the Council's website.