Service development tools and publications hub

Service development tools and publications hub

This hub page contains links to tools and publications that LPCs may find useful when trying to spot opportunities for the commissioning and development of new community pharmacy services. As well as being useful to help pinpoint opportunities, the tools and/or publications may be useful to use as evidence to support the commissioning of community pharmacy services.

Contracts Finder website
The Contracts Finder website lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies. 

Asthma UK

Asthma UK has an asthma improvement hub on their website. On this page there are a number of service improvement tools and best practice examples for improving adult and child care. There is also an option to click on a UK-wide report, as well as local data and reports on asthma care that allow the user to compare their area against others in the local region.  

British Heart Foundation

Tailored blood pressure packs 

To improve the detection and management of high blood pressure (BP), GPs, nurses and pharmacists of the CVD Leadership Forum have worked with the British Heart Foundation and Public Health England’s National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network, Royal College of General Practitioners, Stroke Association, Blood Pressure UK and British and Irish Hypertension Society to create the Blood Pressure: How can we do better? resource.

This resource pulls together information from a number of sources to provide a summary of Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)-level blood pressure care across the nation and recommendations on how to improve care at CCG and practice level. 

NHS Digital

Clinical audits

NHS Digital (previously known as HSCIC) is commissioned to run clinical audits by a number of organisations including a national diabetes audit and a patient experience of diabetes services audit (pilot).

Health Survey for England

Health Survey for England (HSE) – HSE is an annual survey which aims to monitor the health of the population. The survey highlights trends in health, estimates the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions, and estimates the occurrence of certain risk factors and combinations of risk factors related to these conditions.

Each year the Survey covers a range of health and care topics; for 2014 the Survey covered alcohol, obesity, providing unpaid social care, social care for people aged 65 or over, planning for future social care and hearing.

Statistics on Alcohol

Statistics on Alcohol June 2016 covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15); drinking-related ill health and mortality; affordability of alcohol; alcohol-related admissions to hospital; and alcohol-related costs.

Statistics on Smoking

Statistics on Smoking May 2016 presents a range of information on smoking which is drawn together from a variety of sources. The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to smoking in England and covers topics such as smoking prevalence, habits, behaviours and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs. 

Statistics on the Health, Care and Wellbeing of Young People in England

Statistics on the Health, Care and Wellbeing of Young People in England June 2015 brings together a range of information, including use of hospital services, talking therapies, prescribing, immunisations and lifestyle trends. The report aims to provide a more joined-up picture of key areas of health and care among younger age groups. 

House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 3336 Obesity Statistics June 2015 gives statistics on obesity for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with international comparisons. Breakdowns by age, gender, local authority and deprivation are given where possible, and data for both adult and child obesity is covered. In addition to statistics on the prevalence of obesity, this briefing gives statistics on prescriptions of drugs for obesity, trends in bariatric surgery, and the detrimental effect of obesity on health.

National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network

Atrial fibrillation intelligence packs

Atrial fibrillation intelligence packs for each CCG showing how much room for improvement there is in reducing the risk of stroke for local people by improving the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation. The data analysis includes estimates of atrial fibrillation, case finding and patients receiving anticoagulation.

Cardiovascular intelligence packs

For every CCG the cardiovascular intelligence packs give practice level data on prevention, detection and management across a range of cardiovascular conditions – high cardiovascular (CVD) risk and hypertension, stroke and atrial fibrillation, diabetes, kidney disease, coronary heart disease and heart failure.

Each condition has two components – benchmarked data and narrative. For key indicators, the data charts show the degree of variation but also identify the numbers of individuals in each CCG who are undiagnosed or inadequately treated.

NHS England

Commissioning for Value support packs

NHS England has a number of Commissioning for Value support packs available on their website.  One of the packs shows interested parties ‘where to look’ to find opportunities to improve outcomes and add value for the local population.

Another pack contains ‘pathways on a page’ provides more detail on a number of medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, COPD and asthma. 

Long term conditions information dashboard

The dashboard supports commissioning of care for people with long term conditions (LTCs). The dashboard has been updated with data on number of people with multiple LTCs and the proportion of people with LTCs who smoke, emergency bed days for people over 85 and quality of life.

NHS England has also created a new Explorer view of the data in the LTC Dashboard. This allows two indicators to be compared across organisations (e.g. prevalence and outcomes) or different time periods for an indicator.

Medicines optimisation dashboard

The medicines optimisation dashboard helps Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) focus on how well patients across the country are being supported to use their medicines, and it may also be a useful stimulus for them to consider community pharmacy’s role in this area.

The dashboard brings together data and aligns it to various themes including patient safety, mental health, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, antibiotic prescribing and community pharmacy. 

Public Health England


Public Health England (PHE) has published updated Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data update for March 2017.

The LAPE interactive tool presents a range of alcohol-related indicators and allows users to view and analyse data in a user-friendly format. The LAPE website also provides links to further supporting and relevant information to aid understanding of alcohol-related harm in a local population.

PHE has also published Health Matters: Harmful drinking and alcohol dependence, which aims to make the case for investing in effective alcohol treatment.

Child Health Profiles 

The Child Health Profiles 2017 presents a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority (LA) in England using key health indicators, which enable comparisons on a local, regional and national scale.


PHE has published a dementia profile, providing access to local authority and CCG level data across the whole dementia care pathway.

Healthier Lives: Diabetes, Hypertension, NHS Health Check and Alcohol & Drugs

PHE has an online tool – Healthier Lives that allows the user to select an area on a map of England to view the prevalence and treatment of diabetes or hypertension, prevalence of drug or alcohol abuse, and the provision of NHS Health Checks. This information can be mapped by LA or CCG and can be compared in a table against other LAs or CCGs. A search function for individual GP practices is also available to show how they compare to other practices in their CCG.

As well as information on prevalence and treatment for diabetes and hypertension, the website also includes for diabetes, figures on care processes, for example, the percentage of patients with diabetes who have had a flu vaccination and the percentage of people who have suffered with complications as a result of their diabetes. For hypertension further information such as risk and prevention figures, for example, healthy eating and obesity percentages can be obtained.

In the NHS Health Check section, risk factors can be searched, for example, by clicking on an area on the map it shows the number of adults who smoked in 2012 and a comparison table can then be viewed to see how the area is ranked against other areas

In the alcohol and drugs section, prevalence of alcohol related hospital admissions can be found as well as information on the proportion of people waiting for alcohol treatment and those that have successfully completed treatment.

Health matters

Health Matters is a resources designed to support commissioning and delivery of services across local areas. 

Health Profiles

PHE has Health Profiles available to view on their website.

Health Profiles are a snapshot of health and wellbeing across each LA in England as portrayed by a range of indicators such as child poverty, smoking rates, obesity levels, hospital stays and early mortality rates.

The profiles are intended to stimulate discussion between local government and health service providers by highlighting local needs and providing comparisons with other areas as well as with the national average. They will consequently be of particular interest to LPC members considering service development opportunities in their area.

Hepatitis C

PHE hub which contains guidance, data and analysis on hepatitis C.


PHE hub with high blood pressure resources  for planning and delivering effective services and treatment 

The National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network, in partnership with PHE, has launched a series of hypertension profiles.

National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network

PHE’s National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network has interactive maps and charts for users to create customised views of the data, and links to further supporting and relevant products. 

Public Health Data and Analysis Tools

An alphabetical listing of public health data and analysis tools from across PHE.

Sexual Health

The Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles are presented as interactive maps, charts and tables that provide a snapshot of sexual and reproductive health across a range of topics including teenage pregnancy, contraception, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

To accompany this tool, further data and advice can be found on PHE’s HIVSTIs, and teenage pregnancy hubscommissioning guidance, guide to local and national data and other useful links

Tobacco Control Profiles

The Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England provides a snapshot of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm, and measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level. These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on their local populations. 

Pharmacy & Public Health Forum

Right Care

Right Care has an “opportunity locator” tool for the Atlas of Variation, its national map of clinical variation. The tool allows the user to select and view CCG and local authority maps for their own local population across a wide range of disease areas contained in the atlas.

Weight Management Economic Assessment Tool

This tool is designed to help public health professionals make an economic assessment of existing or planned weight management interventions. Commissioners can use it to compare the costs of an intervention with potential cost savings.

Wider Determinants of Health: March 2017

PHE has launched this tool to bring together local indicators and resources to improve population health and reduce health inequalities. The tool remains under development and the indicator domains and resources will be added to over the coming year.


Reducing premature mortality: the role of community pharmacies (Royal Society for Public Health, February 2015)  

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