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Online Profiles Tool

The ScotPHO Profiles present a range of indicators to give an overview of health and its wider determinants at a local level. The profiles give a snapshot of health for each area and highlight variation through spine charts, rank charts and time trends.

The Online Profiles Tool allows data to be presented at different geographical levels, namely health board, council and wherever possible, intermediate zone.  The tool also allows comparisons to be made with the Scottish average or other specified area.

Click here to access the ScotPHO Online Profiles Tool

The profiles are designed to:

  • Provide organisations and communities with up-to-date and locally-relevant public health intelligence. 
  • Highlight health and social inequalities. 
  • Show indicator trends. 
  • Provide local information for targeting resources and priority-setting. 
  • Develop knowledge of the complex nature of health and its determinants. 

The profiles are intended to increase understanding of local health and social issues and to prompt further investigation, rather than to be used as a performance management tool. The information needs to be interpreted within a local framework; an indicator may be higher or lower in one area compared to another, but local knowledge is needed to understand and interpret differences.

If you require information by bespoke geographies or have any questions regarding the tool, please contact us (

Key documents

  • User guide (1.3Mb), step by step how to guide (3.2Mb), and a guide to the statistics (321Kb) used within the ScotPHO profiles.
  • Technical reports: these provide more detail on the definition and source of each indicator as well as any caveats that may apply.
  • Overview reports: these provide context, narrative and analysis for each profile.
  • Interactive storymap: this is an additional feature for the Health and Wellbeing Profiles, which allows the user to drill down to the intermediate zone level data for the key indicators and view on maps, whilst maintaining the context of the report.
  • SIMD mapping application: this is the recommended way to access the deprivation profiles. This mapping application allows the user to identify where each of the area quintiles sit geographically (as well as how they change between each version of the SIMD). The profile tool is also accessible from within this application.
  • Updates timetable (20kb): The data for indicators within a profile can become available at different times; therefore the profiles are updated on an indicator-by-indicator basis. This document provides the planned update timetable and last update for all the indicators in the profiles.


Page last updated: 02 November 2017

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