UPDATE (May 2011): Now includes mortality data for 2001 to 2009
The South East Health Inequalities Gap Measurement Tool (the ‘gap tool’) provides detailed information on the nature and extent of health inequalities across South East England. It shows inequality gaps in mortality rates within and between areas by grouping local populations according to relative levels of deprivation.
Results are available for all 17 Primary Care Trusts, 19 counties and unitary authorities and 55 county districts, as well as for South Central and South East Coast Strategic Health Authorities, the South East region and England as a whole. Users can select a wide range of comparisons. For example, mortality rates for the most deprived parts of an area can be displayed alongside the rates for the least deprived parts, illustrating the inequality gap between them.
The gap tool can be used to support planning and commissioning to reduce health inequalities by giving users the means to:
- identify the causes of death with the largest inequality gap within areas
- see the age groups with the greatest absolute and relative gaps in mortality
- compare the overall mortality profiles for different areas
- view the ‘direction of travel’ for mortality rates and the local inequality gap.
The gap tool can be used alongside the Health Inequalities Intervention Toolkit and the Health Inequality Indicators for Local Authorities and Primary Care Organisations to provide a comprehensive overview of the nature and extent of health inequalities at a local level.
Web-enabled version of the gap tool (updated with data for 2001 to 2009)
There is also a web-enabled version of the gap tool which includes all Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and regions in England which can be accessed here
A detailed user guide and technical document for the gap tool can be found here
For further information contact Robert Kyffin, Department of Health South East, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please save the Excel version of the gap tool to your computer before opening - it may not work properly if opened directly from this website