ScotPHO Online Profiles Tool (OPT)

The ScotPHO Online Profiles Tool (OPT) provides access to various public health related indicators grouped in a suite of specialist profiles. The tool allows:

  • interactive functionality,
  • selection of geographical areas (e.g. NHS board, local authority, intermediate zone),
  • inter-area comparisons using spine charts.

To access the OPT please click on the button below and then select the required profile and geography from the dropdown lists on the OPT home page. The OPT will open in a new browser tab / window.

Click here to access the ScotPHO Online Profiles Tool

The profiles are intended to increase understanding of local health 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.

How to use the online tool

The following documents explain how to use the ScotPHO profiles:

Profiles update process

Some indicators are part of more than one profile and data for indicators within a profile can become available at different times, therefore from autumn 2015 the tool is being updated on an indicator-by-indicator basis rather than waiting for the update of the entire profile. The schedule of indicator updates is planned based on the expected data availability and as such can be a subject to change.

The list of available indicators, date of last update and expected next update are available in this timetable (37Kb).

Profiles by Community Planning or Health & Social Care Partnership Locality

Due to a combination of factors the ScotPHO Profiles are not currently published by locality areas as defined by local partnership structures (e.g. Community Planning or Health and Social Care Partnerships). Creation of profiles by these geographies is reliant on the availability of both numerator and denominator data by the required geographical units (usually the 2011 datazones). At present not all required source information is available at this level of granularity. If and when data becomes available, the ScotPHO team will consider how this information can be presented.

In addition to data availability issues, the ScotPHO team must also balance the needs of our profiles users, who may wish to obtain indicator data by different small geographical area, against the risk of release of potentially disclosive data. Release of indicators by new geographies, such as partnership localities, can only be permitted once we have established the risks of disclosure through differencing against figures that have already been published.

Profiles supplementary documents

There are a number of additional documents designed to complement the ScotPHO Online Profiles Tool:

  • Overview and local reports: providing discussion and summary of the information available in the related profile can be found here - Health and Wellbeing Profiles and Topic Specific Profiles.
  • Technical report: providing in-depth information on the source of each indicator and how it was calculated, as well as any caveats which may apply can be found here - Health and Wellbeing Profiles and Topic Specific Profiles.
  • Interactive storymap: this is an additional feature to the overview report (currently only available 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.
  • Companion mapping application: is the recommended way to access the deprivation profiles. Mapping application allows the user to identify where each of these area quintiles sit geographically (as well as how they change between each version of the SIMD). The OPT is also accessible from within this application.

Other profiles and archive

Prior to the development of the ScotPHO Online Profiles Tool, ScotPHO published its profiles as a series of PDF reports and Excel spreadsheets.These included: