New Local Health data in Local Insight

The latest additions to Local Insight are an interesting bunch. Not least because they are local health datasets and also because they are so relevant to a number of different sectors, job roles and priorities.

The 21 new indicators added look at estimated prevalence of a number of health conditions including Asthma, Dementia, Depression, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Serious Mental Illness & Learning Disabilities.

Download this Excel file to see a List of all new Local Health data in Local Insight

Read on for more information on the datasets, a closer look at the prevalence of dementia and how you can explore the data for yourself.

Explore in Local Insight:

You can now view these datasets in Local Insight on the maps, dashboard and in the reports.

View on the maps and on the dashboard

To add these new datasets to the Local Insight maps and dashboard, head to ‘Group Admin’, ‘Manage Indicators’ and then ‘Unassigned’ to drag and drop the indicator into a theme. When searching for the new indicators in the Unassigned theme you can search for the word “prevalence “.  (If you have not customised your themes yet, click ‘Start managing your indicators’, then head to unassigned). For more detail, see our knowledge base article on how to do this, here.

Please note only Group Admin users can select to show these new indicators on the maps and dashboard if you are not a Group Admin and are unsure who to ask within your organisation please get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk 

Reports 

All reports generated from this time point onward (February 2019) will have data for the new indicators on page 46. See below, a graph from one of the Local Insight reports showing how areas fare of the disease prevalence indicators.

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More on the data:

The new indicators were originally collected and published at GP practice level by NHS Digital. Data collected at GP level can be very valuable for identifying the health challenges experienced by individual GP practices and their patients. However, for the purpose of analysis, it can present some challenges as it is not straightforward to link practice data to standard statistical geographies – patients living in the same neighbourhoods can attend different GP practices, and patients are not necessarily registered with their local GP, so it is difficult to straightforwardly attribute GP data to the neighbourhood in which the GP is located in.

The Commons Library have recently taken these indicators and aggregated them to MSOA level in order to estimate disease prevalence, so that the insights from the data can be used in a more place-based way.

For more detail on the methodology used to aggregate GP level data to MSOA, take a look at The Commons Library’s documentation.

These datasets have also been used in their interactive tool, which provides health related information for each parliamentary constituency.

Health warnings:

As with any dataset, these indicators come with their own challenges and caveats. These datasets are estimates­ and based upon what has been reported to GPs. The following guidance on using the datasets has been taken from The Commons Library:

  • These figures are only estimates and some divergence between separate areas served by an individual GP practices is bound to be lost.
  • In attributing GP practice-level data to different areas, weighting adjustments have been made in respect of the relevant age category (e.g. diabetes prevalence is measured for age 17+ only), based on the varying age profiles of different small areas.
  • For some conditions, the proportion of people on GP registers is less than the proportion of the people living with the disease. For example: only 67.5% of cases of dementia are estimated to have been diagnosed, and 29% of adults are obese compared with 10% identified on GP registers. The prevalence estimates here represent only those cases diagnosed by a GP.
  • These estimates are sensitive to the quality and consistency of data reporting by GPs. People who are not registered at GP practices are not included in the estimates – either in the numerator or the denominator.
  • Some GP practices did not submit data in 2017/18. In these areas, data for 2016/17 was used.
  • Comparable figures can’t be calculated on the same basis for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

A closer look at dementia:

Using Local Insight, we have taken a look at one of the indicators in more detail – the estimated prevalence of dementia across Bracknell Forest. The estimate is calculated as a percentage and is based on the number of people listed on GP registers in 2017/18, and the number of people recorded as having dementia.

The estimated prevalence of dementia at a national level is 0.8%. Bracknell Forest has a slightly lower estimated prevalence at 0.6%. This is equal to the average prevalence across the whole of Berkshire (defined as Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham). Of the local authorities in Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead has the highest estimated prevalence of dementia (0.9%) and Slough the lowest (0.4%).

When looking at the estimated prevalence of dementia across wards in Bracknell Forest, Crown Wood ward has the lowest estimated prevalence of dementia (0.3%) and and Winkfield and Cranbourne ward has the highest (1.2%)

A closer look at the newest additions to Local Insight

Participation in Higher Education

One of the newest datasets added to Local Insight is particularly exciting as it gives an insight into participation in Higher Education at a local level. The data is published by the Office for Students at MSOA level (which we have apportioned to other geographies) and shows the percentage of young people that entered higher education aged 18 or 19 as a proportion of all the 18- or 19-year-olds in the area.

NB: Although the denominator is a proportion of the 18- or 19-year-olds in the area, the calculation is not as straightforward as this. To compensate for the large migration of 18- and 19-year-olds that attend university – often moving to concentrated student areas – the calculation is based on a previous cohort. Or in other words, it is based on the total number of young people (15 year olds) who would be 18 or 19 during the 2009-10 to 2014-15 academic years.

Due to this inherent variability involved in the estimation of these rates – some of the participation rates are estimated to be greater than 100%, due to population turnover of any 15 year olds that moved in or out of the area before reaching the age of 18 or 19.

Explore the data for yourself within Local Insight (Tip: you will first need to add the indicator to the map using the Manage Indicators functionality) and use it to better understand:

  • Where to target campaigns and funding on participation in higher education
  • Whether the local jobs market is likely to meet the demands of young people leaving education
  • The local need for training programmes and apprenticeships
  • Any risks for youth unemployment and the impact on economic planning

Headline trends:

  • Local Authorities in and around London have the highest proportion of 18 and 19 year olds participating in higher education, with concentrations across the country focused around the main big university cities.
  • The five Local Authorities with the highest proportion participating in higher education are in London: City of London (110%), Kensington and Chelsea (93%), Richmond upon Thames (85.9%), Westminster (70.4%), Harrow (67.2%). The England average is 37.5%.
  • Lower levels of participation in higher education are evident in coastal authorities, smaller cities and more rural areas across the country
  • The five Local Authorities with the lowest proportion participating in higher education are: Hull (21.6%), Stoke-on-Trent (23.5%), Barnsley (23.6%), Thurrock (24.8%), Nottingham (25.2%)

SME lending debt per person aged 18+

Another addition comes from UK Finance, looking at the total amount of borrowing outstanding on customer accounts for SME (small and medium sized enterprises) lending.

This has been calculated as a ‘debt per person’ figure in order to ensure areas are being compared like for like when looking at the distribution of SME lending.

Although it is interesting to explore the data, and the trends at both a national and local level, caution should be taken when attempting to discern causality.

Without in depth local knowledge and other supporting statistics, it is not possible to tell whether higher levels of lending in a local area is a positive or negative factor. For example; high levels of lending activity could be a positive indicator for local economic health, driven by a thriving small business sector, characterised by a high number of small businesses with outstanding (but manageable) loans to support their growth.

Conversely, it could indicate that small businesses in that local area are struggling, and taking out loans in order to help them survive, in which case, would be a less positive outlook for local economic health.

So, as is the case with all data, this data should not be used in isolation to make decisions – but can provide supplementary information and knowledge to help inform understanding of the local economic picture.

You can explore the data for yourself in Local Insight by adding the indicator to the map using the Manage Indicators functionality.

Small area benefits measures from DWP

There have been a number of changes in the local level benefits measures that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publish on a regular basis. Take a look at our short guide for anybody navigating the changes. This details what the new data shows, what it replaces and what it can be used for.

Data updates in Local Insight

As we wind down for the festive season, we bring updates from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

The below table is a snapshot of some of the key datasets which have been updated. To see a full breakdown of all datasets updated this month, see our Knowledge Base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight.

New indicators for Local Insight

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Personal Independence Payment (PIP), broken down by gender and mental health claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Benefit claimants (benefit combinations), broken down by age and type of benefit Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes

Updated indicators for Local Insight

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Jobseekers allowance and unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), broken down by claim period, age and gender Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Universal Credit claimants – Conditionality Regime, broken down by claimant status Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Dwelling Stock by Council Tax Band, broken down by banding Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Yes Yes
Dwelling stock, broken down by time of build Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Yes Yes

Current Indicators within Local Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Local Insight check out this Knowledge Base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local Insight. So if you have any ideas of particular indicators you would like to see then let us know. Provided that the data is open data and published at small area level, so below Local Authority level, we will load the data in for you.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Christmas holiday

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We hope you have a lovely break over the festive period! This is just to let you know that OCSI will be closed Monday 24th December to Wednesday 2nd January (inclusive). We will not be able to respond to support requests during this time. We will answer any support requests when the office re-opens on Thursday 3rd January.

As another year draws to a close, we would like to thank you for your continued support and interest in Local Insight. We are looking forward to what 2019 will bring!

 

Hover over the maps in style!

Keen-eyed users may have noticed something different about the areas you can hover over in Local Insight – that’s because we’ve improved the way you can interact with data displayed on the map.

Hover feature

As part of our recent move to using 2011 boundaries in Local Insight, we undertook work to improve the way data is displayed on the map. Previously when data was displayed on the map, it was only possible to see the data value for an individual LSOA by hovering over it. Now our new and improved map allows you to see the indicator value of any individual LSOA, MSOA or LA!

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This improvement and the design of the functionality was inspired by input from a number of users. So a big thank you to all of those people who gave us feedback on this area of the site. For example, previously when you selected an area, the data value disappeared and only the geographic code displayed. We received lots of feedback identifying how it is valuable to see both the code and the data value and so we have changed this to always show both

The Knowledge Base

For a more detailed article on how to view data on the map, including for an individual area (at any geography level), see our article on Viewing Data For Individual Areas.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270

Data updates in Local Insight

This is quite possibly our largest data updates ever!

The below table is a snapshot of some of the key datasets which have been updated. To see a full breakdown of all datasets updated this month, see our knowledge base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight.

New indicators

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Universal Credit claimants – Conditionality Regime indicators Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
SME lending debt per person aged 18+ UK Finance Yes Yes
Participation in higher education Office for Students (OFS) Yes Yes

 

If you want to use these indicators remember to add them to the map and dashboard. If you are unsure how to do this, then this article can help:

Revised indicators (Revised as part of Mid Year Estimate revisions)

Please note: These indicators have been updated because the denominator used for the indicator’s calculation has changed.

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Business units/VAT based local units Office for National Statistics (ONS) Yes Yes
Children in out-of-work families HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)/Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Jobs density (jobs as a percentage of the working age population) Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) Yes Yes
Road accident casualty rate Department for Transport (DfT) Yes Yes
National Insurance numbers issued to non-UK nationals Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Crimes Crimes Yes Yes
Big Lottery grant funding Big Lottery Yes Yes

 

Updated indicators

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Population Office for National Statistics (ONS) Yes Yes
Population density (persons per hectare) Office for National Statistics (ONS) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Universal credit Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Housing benefit Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Attendance Allowance claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes
Carers receiving Income Support Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Disability Living Allowance claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Employment and Support Allowance claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes
Incapacity Benefit claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Summary yes, breakdowns no Yes
Income Support claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes
Lone Parents receiving Income Support Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Older people social care benefit (Attendance Allowance) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Pension credit claimants Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) No Yes
Debt UK Finance Yes Yes
Physical activity, broken down by amount and frequency Sport England Yes Yes
Universal Credit claimants – Conditionality Regime Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes

Current indicators within Local Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Local Insight check out this knowledge base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight.

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local Insight. So if you have any ideas of particular indicators you would like to see then let us know. Provided that the data is open data and published at small area level, so below Local Authority level, we will load the data in for you.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Data updates in Local Insight

Plenty of data updates for you this month!

The below table is a snapshot of some of the key datasets which have been updated. To see a full breakdown of all datasets updated this month, see our Knowledge Base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight.

Updated indicators for Local Insight

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Unemployment benefit, broken down by age, gender Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Jobs density (jobs as a percentage of the working age population) Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) Yes Yes
Jobs, broken down by sector, public or private and contract type Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) Yes Yes
Crime and offences, broken down by type Police UK (Police recorded crime figures) Yes Yes
House price, broken down by median and lower quartile House Price Statistics for Small Areas (HPSSAs) No Yes
Average house price, broken down by house type Land Registry Yes Yes
Number of property transactions, broken down by property type Land Registry Yes Yes

Current Indicators within Local Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Local Insight check out this Knowledge Base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local Insight. So if you have any ideas of particular indicators you would like to see then let us know. Provided that the data is open data and published at small area level, so below Local Authority level, we will load the data in for you.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Update to Local Insight geographies and maintenance period

This November we are updating the geographic areas in Local Insight. In order to ensure this update goes smoothly, we will be limiting access to admin features on Local Insight for a short period of time. This upgrade to our geographic database will cause data for some of your custom areas to change. These changes will overall be very minor. The information in this blog details how, why and when these updates are happening.

Site Maintenance Period

This update is planned to commence on Thursday 15th November at 3pm and will finish on Monday 19th November at 2pm. During this period, you will still be able to access Local Insight, however, you will be limited to View Reports access. This means you will be able to view everything on the tool but will not be able to access any of the admin features which allow you to; create custom areas, request reports, upload services, upload data or manage your indicators. We will keep you updated throughout this process and make you aware when all is back to normal. Please do get in touch if you have any concerns or questions.

What will change?

Local Insight is built on the Census geographies: Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOA), Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOA) and Output Areas (OA). These are statistical geographies which were created for the Census in 2001 and then updated in 2011. Local Insight has historically used the 2001 Census geographies. This means that when you create custom areas and when you view data on the maps, you are viewing the 2001 boundaries. During this update, we will be upgrading to use the 2011 boundaries.

Not all boundaries changed during the 2011 update, in fact, only about 5% of areas nationally had any changes.

For more information on the background of Super Output Areas and the ways in which they changed; please see guidance from ONS and download their explanations.

Why are we doing this update now?

We didn’t move to the 2011 geographies straight away as until very recently data from a number of our key sources such as the Department of Work and Pensions (which update data very regularly) still published data at the 2001 area level.

During this time our data processes used weighted lookups from the old to new geographies in order to account for the 5% of areas that had changed. Take a look at our Knowledge Base for more information on our methodology.

We are guided by our users when it comes to the development priorities for Local Insight. 2011 area codes have been raised by a number of organisations, however, had not been voted as a number one priority. We understand as time progresses, that these updates become more pressing and we are excited to implement this update.

What does this mean for my custom areas and data?

Custom Areas

Will data change for my custom areas?

Those custom areas which contain OAs, LSOAs or MSOAs that changed in 2011 will be updated to reflect these changes. What this means is that you may see some very slight changes to the data for some of your custom areas.

How will I know which custom areas have been affected?

We are going to email the Local Insight lead of every organisation with a list of all the custom areas which have been updated. If you are unsure who the project lead for your organisation is, or would like to be included in this email, please get in touch on support@ocsi.co.uk.

Will my custom areas look different?

Some of your custom areas may look visually different after this update. This will depend on how your custom areas were created:

  • All custom areas which were created by; Drawing on a map, based on postcodes or created by the shape-file importer will not change visually.
  • Custom areas created by selecting standard areas may change visually if they contain any OAs, LSOAs, MSOAs  which were updated in 2011.

 

Custom Data

Custom datasets which you have uploaded yourselves may display differently and therefore may require re-uploading. We will send each Local Insight Group Admin a breakdown of the custom datasets affected and guidance for how to re-upload successfully.  

Public sites

As is standard, the public access Local Insight sites will reflect any changes made in your main group. Therefore, if you are keen to see how your custom data will be affected and make any adjustments before it is publicly shown, we suggest that you temporarily hide your custom datasets on the public site. This is entirely down to your discretion. If you cannot remember how to disable a dataset from being shown on the public site then check out this article on our Knowledge Base.

More information

If you have any questions on how this will affect your custom areas and data, please do get in touch on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.

Data updates in Local Insight

Updates for this month focus on unemployment indicators.

The below table is a snapshot of some of the key datasets which have been updated. To see a full breakdown of all datasets updated this month, see our Knowledge Base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight.

Updated indicators

Indicators on Source Reports Maps
Youth unemployment (18-24 receiving JSA or Universal Credit) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Jobseekers Allowance claimants, claiming for over 12 months Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), female Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit (JSA and Universal Credit), male Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Unemployment benefit Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes
Older person unemployment (50+ receiving JSA or Universal Credit) Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Yes Yes

Current Indicators within Local Insight

To see a list of all of the current indicators available in Local Insight check out this Knowledge Base article containing a list of all the datasets available in Local Insight

Want to see more indicators within Local Insight?

We are always looking to add new indicators to Local Insight. So if you have any ideas of particular indicators you would like to see then let us know. Provided that the data is open data and published at small area level, so below Local Authority level, we will load the data in for you.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the data updates, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on support@ocsi.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 810270.