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The North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO), based in the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, was established in 2000 to provide a range of health intelligence functions for the regional Directors of Public Health. The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) coordinates the activities of the 12 PHOs across the five nations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, all of whom are core funded by the Department of Health. The aim of the health profiles to provide a consistent, concise, comparable and balanced overview of the population’s health that informs local needs assessment, policy, planning, performance management, surveillance and practice.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Health profiles, our communities, children's and young peoples health, adults health and lifestyle, disease and poor health, life expectancy and cause of death.

Deprivation, children in poverty, statutory homelessness, violent crime, carbon emissions, children's and young people's health, smoking in pregnancy, breast feeding initiation, physically active children, obese children, children's tooth decay (at age 5), teenage pregnancy (under 18), adult's health and lifestyle, adults who smoke, binge drinking adults, healthy eating adults, physically active adults, obese adults, disease and poor health over 65s 'not in good health', incapacity benefits for mental illness, hospital stays for alcohol related harm, drug misuse, people diagnosed with diabetes, new cases of tuberculosis, hip fracture in over-65s, life expectancy and causes of death, excess winter deaths, life expectancy - male, life expectancy - female, infant deaths, deaths from smoking, early deaths: heart disease & stroke, early deaths: cancer, road injuries and deaths, life expectancy by deprivation quintile.

Health, disease, life expectancy, health profiles, inequalities, deprivation, poverty, homelessness, smoking, pregnancy, obesity, children, adults, binge drinking, alcohol, healthy eating, physical activity, mental illness, drug misuse, hip fracture, heart disease, stroke, cancer
Identifier Variables
LA, county councils, metropolitan districts, unitary authority.
Area of Health System
Public health
Data collecting organization (s)
North West Public Health Observatory
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
2007, 2008, 2009
Unit of Analysis

Varies by local councils in England

North West Public Health Observatory
Conditions of Access
Free access