Informing local understanding of health and wellbeing

Through the Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme we are bringing together key comparative information on health and wellbeing, and the wider issues that affect it. This is to support health and wellbeing boards, public health professionals, councils, local people and voluntary organisations in their assessment of local needs and priorities, through benchmarking and monitoring trends.

Using LG Inform and LG Inform Plus we will provide reports and easy access to information across a range of health and wellbeing themes.

  • LG Inform is a free online service that provides access to a wide range of published data about local services and areas. Users can create their own reports, or view a range of interactive reports about local authorities and their services. Information in LG Inform is centred on local authority areas.
  • LG Inform Plus is currently being developed to provide complementary reports and data that allow users to look at smaller areas such as wards. This enables comparison within local areas to identify communities at risk.


Not only will health data be brought together, but information across wider determinants of health and wellbeing, such as employment, crime, community safety, education, transport, planning and housing will be readily available.  This will enable councils to examine the role of all their services in promoting health and wellbeing.

Working with Public Health England and others who provide information relevant to local health and wellbeing, we will:

  • develop a range of theme-based data reports that pull together information on health and wellbeing, the local area and relevant wider services across local government
  • increase the range of data sources and indicators relevant to health and wellbeing that are accessible through LG Inform and LG Inform Plus, and
  • signpost other sources of information that provide local data and guidance on health and wellbeing.


Please help us in shaping the content and focus of the reports and data available through LG Inform by telling us

  • what information you would find useful in assessing local health and wellbeing needs and progress;
  • any issues accessing data that the LGA and other partners may be able to help address; and
  • if you have developed any local health and wellbeing related reports and datasets that you are willing to share with others.


Please send your thoughts to or visit the forum on Health and wellbeing data and information on the Knowledge Hub. If you would like to be kept informed of the wider Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme, you can join our Twitter community by following @LGAwellbeing or searching using the hashtag #hwblearn.

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Former Member 8 Years Ago
I would be interested to know how Local Authorities are using the LGA Self Evaluation and Development Tool within their organisation? Are you undertaking any peer reviews/ putting it out for consultation etc . . . . Thanks
Philippa Lynch 8 Years Ago
Hi Jayne We have recently carried out some evaluation of the Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme, including feedback on the Development Tool. The tool was produced as an alternative to peer challenge, but some councils have used it to prepare for their health and wellbeing peer challenge. Feedback from the evaluation showed that whilst a number of areas are aware of the guidance and have downloaded and reviewed the material, very few have so far used it in any depth as part of a review exercise. However many signalled an intention to use the guidance, and we will be looking to develop a further version of the tool that provides practical steps to support its use locally. Whilst aligning with the peer challenge methodology, our intention is to provide a practical tool that offers all HWBs an opportunity to evaluate their position, use their findings as a prompt to consider and challenge their own practice, and as a stepping stone towards developing an improvement plan. We will not be consulting on the tool, but will continue to develop in light of feedback received. How individual HWBs use the tool is up to them and we recognise that some may wish to use it flexibly. We would welcome any comments and feedback that you have. Philippa