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Health Intelligence

Providing informed analysis and interpretation to underpin decisions

Health intelligence, bringing together the latest data, information and evidence to create informed analyses, is a key underpinning to decision making and to the work we carry out in SPH. We work closely with customers at all stages, from specification to the final reporting of results, including presenting findings back to clinicians and managers.

What we do

  • Bring understanding of the available health intelligence, including latest performance and epidemiological data, service provision, best practice and clinical guidance
  • Use national data sources including Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Secondary Uses Service (SUS), Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), and a variety of other data sets provided by Public Health England, NHS England, the Health and Social Care Information Centre and the Office for National Statistics
  • Collect and analyse local data sources appropriate to the project
  • Review data alongside latest evidence and guidance from NICE and Cochrane as part of rapid evidence reviews to give a comprehensive view

Recently SPH has supported NHS England Clinical Effectiveness Team to develop a standardised framework for Clinical Reference Groups to use in activity planning and to measure outcome variation in Specialised Services.  SPH deliverables included a framework, data maps, a reporting template and toolkit.

SPH has also worked with a local authority to produce a new database to facilitate the collection of suicide data in a more consistent and complete way, and conducted audits using data resources such as these.

Why choose SPH?

With in-house resource, an extensive associate pool and partnership arrangements with our host Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), health intelligence is always offered as part of our support to commissioners. Our strong clinical expertise and insight ensures our health intelligence is relevant and informative for decision making purposes.

Please get in touch via our contact page.

Case Studies

Improving allocative value decision-making in the stroke pathway (STAR tool)

The Mid and South Essex stroke stewardship group wanted to better understand which of the interventions they delivered were high value and which were low value to inform decision-making on use of resources and investment. Arden & GEM’s Healthcare Solutions team provided training and support to enable the group to use the Socio-Technical Allocation of Resources (STAR) process in value based decision-making. As a result, the MSE stroke stewardship group has the insight needed to improve the allocation of their existing resources and improve outcomes for their patients. SPH were part of the project team, conducting a librarian review of economic evidence relating to cost-effectiveness of the stroke interventions to feed into the first workshop. This comprised a review of existing economic cost-effectiveness assessments (ideally by NICE as these are recognised as the guiding authority within the NHS). Where an economic assessment had not been undertaken then this was noted for further consideration. More detail here

Health Needs Assessment for Children & Young People

SPH carried out a Health Needs Assessment for a local authority that was recommissioning its Healthy Child Programme (HCP). The purpose was to review whether existing provision and service configuration of the HCP was meeting the needs of children and young people in the county, and to identify gaps and potential options for improvement. This is a preventative programme which includes Health Visiting and School Nursing Services, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) Programme and healthy start vouchers and vitamins, linking with childhood immunisation services, community paediatrics, speech and language, services for children with a learning disability and complex needs and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), among others. The HNA was carried out jointly by SPH and the local authority, with the epidemiological needs assessment and service description provided by the local authority. The report was compiled using a range of publicly available and locally collected epidemiological and service use data. In addition, SPH carried out a consultation of key corporate stakeholders as well as children and young people, their parents and carers. This included semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in a range of organisations, a survey of a wider range of staff who work with children and young people and a survey of children and young people, their parents and cares which was distributed through the services.

Reviewing maternity services

As part of this review we:
  • Modelled current and future demand
  • Analysed patterns of hospital utilisation and catchment area
  • Analysed of births by place of birth, age and deprivation quintile
  • Reported on trends in risk factors for adverse outcomes from pregnancy and indicators of the quality of maternity services
  • Reported on compliance of service providers against national standards
  • Conducted interviews with local services to discuss how projected future need could be met