Public health outcomes framework published

The new public health outcomes framework has been published, setting out the desired outcomes for public health and how these will be measured.

The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system. These are:

  • increased healthy life expectancy
  • reduced differences in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy between communities

The outcomes reflect a focus not only on how long people live but on how well they live at all stages of life. The second outcome focuses attention on reducing health inequalities between people, communities and areas. Using a measure of both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy will enable the use of the most reliable information available to understand the nature of health inequalities both within areas and between areas.

A set of supporting public health indicators will help focus understanding of progress year by year nationally and locally on those things that matter most to public health. The indicators, which cover the full spectrum of public health and what can be currently realistically measured, are grouped into four ‘domains’:

  • improving the wider determinants of health
  • health improvement
  • health protection
  • healthcare public health and preventing premature mortality

You can download the  public health outcomes framework here.

Read more about the public health outcomes announcement here.


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2 Responses to Public health outcomes framework published

  1. Steve Mercer says:

    When will final definitions for those indicators listed as placeholders be published please?

    • jnowell says:

      The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) published in January 2012 sought to refocus the whole Public Health System around achieving positive health outcomes for the population and reducing inequalities in health, rather than focussing on process targets. The Framework covers a period of three years, to support sustainable local service planning, but when we published the original framework in January 2012 we committed to continue to develop the indicators, as many were included initially as ‘placeholders’ and to publish baseline data. The first refresh of the PHOF, due to be published at the end of November, supports this goal but provides updated technical information for the majority of indicators and final definitions for some of the original placeholders. Baseline data for over half the indicators will also be published, to enable local authorities to begin engaging with the indicators and planning future service provision.

      Baselines and final definitions for the remaining placeholders are being reviewed and developed further where possible and will be published in due course. As before, Appendix D gives an overview of the current status of all the indicators.

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