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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 sources 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

Why 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.

Case Studies

Understanding variation to focus action

Working in partnership with our host, the Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit, SPH produce Deep Dive Packs, building on the NHS England, Right Care and Public Health England ‘Commissioning for Value Packs’. These focus on specific programme areas, such as cancer, respiratory, musculo-skeletal, diabetes or trauma. Combining data analysis and expert public health commentary, the Deep Dive packs identify specific areas where focused action might lead to improved outcomes and / or reduced costs. SPH also facilitate workshops with individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to explore the outputs in more detail and discuss potential follow-on service redesign opportunities. A case study of a Deep Dive, supporting respiratory pathway redesign in one CCG can be viewed on the Arden and GEM CSU website: Case Study - Deep Dives

Reviewing maternity services

As part of this review we-
  • Modelled current and future demand
  • Analysed patterns of hospital utilisation and catchment area
  • Analyses 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

Investigating unwarranted variation

SPH conducted an analysis of unwarranted variation by GP practices across a CCG, with the aim of reducing inequity in access to hospital care and investigating potential financial savings. Variation analysis was conducted for different types of admission (e.g. emergency and elective admissions) and selected conditions (e.g. COPD, diabetes, urinary tract infections and pneumonia and influenza). A number of possible explanations for the variations observed were identified and presented to the CCG.