The ONS’ Health Index provides a systematic, independent view of health in England. It enables users to compare health over time and across geographies.
It provides a picture of health in its broadest sense recognising the importance of health outcomes, risk factors and the social, economic and environmental drivers to support health to improve now and for the longer term.
The Health Index provides a framework to understand health pre-pandemic, including whether health issues were persistent, improving or deteriorating and to explore how the pandemic impacted on health in 2020, and consider whether these changes are temporary or enduring.
Insights into England’s health in the earlier stages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at national, regional and local authority level, using the Health Index.