Local Authority Profiles 2012

About the profiles

The End of Life Care Local Authority Profiles 2012 present over 50 indicators for each local authority in England. They include social care indicators for the first time.

There are indicators that can be used to predict need:

  • population
  • deaths

and to look at current patterns of care:

  • place of death
  • cause of death
  • deaths in hospital
  • care homes
  • social care.

The data are presented in the InstantAtlas tool in table, chart and map formats. This is for ease of comparing one local authority against another. You can also download PDFs for each local authority. These give a snapshot of each local authority's position compared to England. This is useful for commissioners and providers of end of life care when discussing service need. There is also a List of Acute Hospital Trust HQs and Community Hospitals to accompany the maps on the PDF profiles.

To launch the InstantAtlas tool*, click on the link in the left-hand column in the Table below. You can also view the metadata guide for the profiles by clicking on the link in the right-hand column. The metadata describe how the indicators were generated and provide data sources, definitions and caveats.

We strongly recommend that you use the End of Life Care Local Authority Profiles - Indicators Metadata Guide to help you understand the indicators. This is especially important for the social care indicators, which are included here for the first time.

Please also see the further guide to the Social Care Indicators, which describes issues and limitations.

There is also a User Guide to help explain how to use the InstantAtlas mapping tool.

Important note on place of death data

These profiles use Office for National Statistics (ONS) data for place of death. The ONS categorises place of death by address. As a result, it is not possible to distinguish between hospital deaths and deaths in specialist palliative care units/ hospices that are based in hospitals. This means that, in many areas, the indicator showing hospital deaths will be an over-count and hospice deaths an under-count. This is a known limitation of the data. We would be most grateful for feedback about whether this is the case in your local area.

End of Life Care Local Authority Profiles 2012: downloadable PDFs
Local Authority 2012 PDF Profiles  LA Profiles covers
End of Life Care Local Authority Profiles 2012: InstantAtlas tool and metadata guide

Instant Atlas tool

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Indicators Metadata Guide

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*Note: The End of Life Care Profiles use InstantAtlas™ mapping software. You need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to download the profiles. You can install this for free from the Adobe website. Some organisations have security settings which block the use of Flash Player or the download of the profiles tool. You will need to speak to your IT department to allow access if this is the case. If you have any other problems downloading the profiles, please neolcin at phe dot gov.uk link contact us .


Please let us know what you think of this tool. We would be very interested to hear if you have any suggestions for additions or improvements. You can contact us by emailing neolcin at phe dot gov.uk link neolcin@phe.gov.uk .

Related information

See also the:

National End of Life Care Intelligence Network's Response to the consultation on Adult Social Care Data Developments 2012.

You can access over 100 other PHE data and analytical tools through PHE’s data and knowledge gateway.

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