Consultation outcome

Reviewing indicators in the Public Health Outcome Framework 2016

This was published under the 2015 to 2016 Cameron Conservative government
This consultation has concluded

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Equality Analysis

Summary of indicator changes

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Detail of outcome

The government response to the consultation on refreshing the 2013 to 2016 Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF).

From April 2016 there will be 67 public health indicators which will consist of 158 indicators/sub-indicators. The indicators help us measure the public’s health and wellbeing. The main proposed changes are:

  • 1 indicator has been added
  • 2 indicators have been removed
  • 17 indicators/sub-indicators have been added
  • 7 sub-indicators have been removed

A detailed breakdown of how the indicators have changed is included in Chapter 5 of the government response

See the published technical specifications for full details of all indicators in the revised Public Health Outcomes Framework 2016 to 2019.

Original consultation


Seeks views on whether government should remove, replace or revise the existing indicators in the framework.

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Consultation description

When the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) was first published in 2012 there was a commitment not to make any changes for 3 years to allow it to become established during the transfer of public health responsibilities from the NHS to local authorities.

The PHOF indicators help us measure the public’s health and wellbeing.

The Department of Health now needs to make sure it is still as relevant and useful as possible, with a view to updating the indicators from April 2016.

This consultation is looking for suggestions on:

  • removing ineffective indicators
  • replacing or improving others where improvements in data have taken place since 2012
  • adding new indicators, but only where there are important public health gaps

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Published 3 September 2015
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