Small Area Health Data
This page aims to inform local health inequalities work and provides access to a range of small area health indicators worksheets containing:
- Small area health data at lower super output are (LSOA) or ward level
- Geographic comparators
- Pivot tables and charts to allow local authorities and PCTs to select their own data.
Accessing the data
Please note that some of the worksheets contain
disclosive data and these cannot be released to agencies outside of the
For those working in the NHS who wish to download these data:
- Register with the EMPHO website (if not already registered) by clicking on the 'Sign in' link at the top right of this page
- Once registered email
and request permission to download the data files.
A letter from ONS providing advice to the NHS on the
non-release of disclosive data into the public domain can be downloaded
under Supporting Documentation below.
Conditions of use
EMPHO provide this material to end-users on the understanding that
the following Condition of Use will be properly observed:
"A condition of use included in all ONS end user licences is that the
Census material shall not be used to attempt to derive information relating
to an identified person or household nor shall a claim be made that such
information has been obtained or derived."
Lower Super Output Area level
Indices of Deprivation 2007
The Department of Communities and Local Government have produced and published the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007. This score combines a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England. This allows each area to be ranked relative to one another according to their level of deprivation. As with the 2004 Indices, the Indices of Deprivation 2007 have been produced at Lower Super Output Area level, of which there are 32,482 in the country.
The Indices can be viewed on the Department of Communities and Local Government website. To access the LSOA data click on the link below and download the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2007 zipped file. The overall Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007 ('IMD 2007') and the seven Domain Indices are each presented on separate pages. Each page contains an overall score and a national rank.
The next update of the Indices entitled, “English Indices of Deprivation – 2010” is due for release on the 24th March 2011.
Ward level teenage pregnancy data cannot be provided on the Internet due to ONS disclosure rules. However, EMPHO have been working on providing interactive mapping of teenage pregnancy data and have produced maps for each Government Office Region showing ward 'hotspots' where the teenage pregnancy rate is significantly higher or lower than the England rate. These are available on our
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) level
Model based lifestyle estimates at Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) geography
The NHS Information Centre for health and social care commissioned the National Centre for Social Research to produce model based estimates of healthy lifestyle behaviours, using information from the Health Survey for England (HSfE). These estimates have been published on the Neighbourhood Statistics (NeSS) website which is managed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Model-based estimates and 95% confidence intervals have been produced using 2003-2005 data from the Health Survey for England covering the prevalence of the following healthy lifestyle indicators for adults aged 16 or over:
- smoking among adults
- binge drinking for adults
- obesity among adults
- consumption of 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day among adults
The 2003-2005 estimates are the second set of model-based healthy lifestyle prevalence estimates to be published on NeSS. Differences in geographical boundaries, modelling methodologies and data sources, however, mean that they are not comparable to the preceding estimates for 2000-2002.
EMPHO Obesity indicators interactive maps
EMPHO has produced interactive maps of data indicators related to the prevalence of obesity. Data are presented, where possible, for each Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) in the East Midlands. However, for some indicators data are only available at higher geographical levels but will have been assigned according to the area which contains the particular MSOA. Please check the metadata for each indicator to determine at which geographical level the original data have been analysed. The indicators include:
- National Child Measurement Programme
- Physically Active Children
- Healthy Eating Adults
- Obese Adults
- Percentage of adults (16+) that are estimated to be obese
- Breastfeeding Initiation
- School Meal Uptake
- Physical Activity Participation
Hospital admissions data for some common conditions or procedures
Guided by the EMPHIN leads group, EMPHO have undertaken regionwide analysis of hospital admissions (HES) data to aid local JSNA work. This includes analysis of HES data for conditions such as asthma or stroke and procedures e.g. coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). This data has also been analysed by small area geography (MSOA) and differing population parameters e.g. ethnicity and people to places classification.
A brief description of Small Area Data Tables and related
products from EMPHO is given in the following document:
PAGE CREATED: 21 August 2007 | PAGE REVISED: 5 July 2011