Primary Care Trust Profiles

About the profiles

The End of Life Care Primary Care Trust (PCT) Profiles present over 40 indicators relating to

  • population
  • deaths
  • place of death
  • cause of death
  • deaths in hospital
  • care homes
  • end of life care spend

for each PCT in England.

As with the Local Authority Profiles, the data are presented in the InstantAtlas tool in table, chart and map formats. This is for ease of comparing one PCT against another. However, you can also download PDF profiles for each PCT. This gives a snapshot of a PCT's position compared to the values for England and its Strategic Health Authority (SHA). 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.

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 from PCTs about whether this is the case in your local area. For full descriptions of the indicators, including definitions and limitations, please see the End of Life Care PCT Profiles - Indicators Metadata Guide.

End of Life Care PCT Profiles: downloadable PDFs
Primary Care Trust PDF Profiles  PCT Profile thumbnail
End of Life Care PCT Profiles: 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 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 using our Feedback form.

See also:

Local Authority Profiles 2012

Local Authority Profiles (pre-2009 local authority boundaries)

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