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Compendium of Population Health Indicators

The Compendium is a collection of indicators, giving a comprehensive overview of population health at a national, regional and local level. These indicators were previously available on the Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base website (also known as NCHOD).

The indicators within Compendium can be useful for:

  • comparing the profile of your local area with other regions and national averages
  • understanding what the population health challenges are in your area and how they may be changing over time
  • exploring the diverse range of factors that influence health inequalities

Sitting alongside the Compendium, you can also access the Local Basket of Inequalities Indicators (LBOI). This collection of indicators helps organisations to measure health and other factors which influence health inequalities such as unemployment, poverty, crime and education. These were previously available on the London Health Observatory website.

The Compendium of population health indicators and the LBOIs can be found on the NHS Digital Indicator Portal.

What data is in the compendium?

There are a wide range of indicators in this collection, covering:

  • Population and demography
  • Births, conceptions, fertility, abortions
  • Deaths, mortality, infant mortality and life expectancy
  • Cancer screening, incidence, survival and death rates
  • Circulatory and heart diseases
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Diabetes and other long term conditions
  • Infectious diseases and immunisation
  • Health status
  • Lifestyle e.g. nutrition, smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity
  • Health interventions and Primary Care
  • Hospital care
  • Home and Community support
  • Socio-economic factors influencing health
    • Employment, poverty, homelessness, deprivation, crime
    • Education

Our commitment to continuous improvement

NHS Digital continually strives to improve the quality and content of our products and services.  As the Compendium of population health indicators has been in existence for a long time a user feedback survey was set up. The survey was available for a period of two months and 100 responses were received.

This feedback has been reviewed and will feed into a wider consultation on the future of the Compendium of population health indicators. This will be published on the NHS Digital website and users are invited to provide their views on the proposed changes.

pdf icon Compendium of population health indicators - results of user feedback survey [250kb]

We continue to welcome feedback on the Compendium. This should be sent to with 'Compendium review' in the subject line.

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