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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

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