See how the NHS is performing locally and regionally on the Indictor Portal


The NHS Indicator Portal is a website that provides access to hundreds of health indicators including:

Compendium of Population Health Indicators
A wide-ranging collection of over 300 indicators designed to provide 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).

Local Basket of Inequalities Indicators (LBOI)
This collection of 60 indicators helps organisations to measure health and other factors which influence health inequalities such as unemployment, poverty, crime and education. These indicators were previously available on the London Health Observatory website.

Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI)
This new indicator sets the standard for reporting mortality at hospital level across the NHS.

The site is aimed at health and social care professionals and claims to help organisations to:

  • Compare the demographic profile of their local area with other regions and national averages
  • Understand what the population health challenges are in their area and how they may be changing over time
  • Explore the diverse range of factors that influence health inequalities
  • Build a picture of the current state of health inequalities in their area Inform annual health reviews and equity audits
  • Provide measurements for service planning, performance management and other success criteria

There is a good deal of information about mental health and behavioural disorders in the collection, including data on dementia, depression, psychoses, neuroses, suicide and learning disabilities.

The data itself is largely held in Excel spreadsheets which can be downloaded from the site. These spreadsheets have a considerable level of detail, showing statistics by country (for England and Wales), government office regions, ONS area classification, strategic health authorities, local authorities and primary care trusts.

If you’re looking for a local and regional snapshot of how the NHS is performing against a wide range of outcomes framework indicators, this website is a great place to start.


NHS IC Indicator Portal (unrestricted public site)
NHS IC Indicator Portal (restricted compendium data – NHS users only, requires N3 connection)

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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