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New child health app for health professionals

Public health professionals can now access local authority child health profiles from their smartphone or tablet.

Child health profiles give a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England, using key health indicators. Users can compare this information to local, regional and national data.

The app will help people working in health and social care improve the health and wellbeing of children and reduce inequalities, by giving clear and simple information about the current picture in a local area.

Data in the app covers a wide range of issues affecting child health, from levels of childhood obesity, teenage pregnancy and underage drinking, to hospital admissions, educational performance and youth crime.

Professor Brian Ferguson, Director of the Knowledge and Intelligence Team (Northern and Yorkshire) said: “The new app shows how user-friendly technology can be used effectively to give health and social care professionals working across the country innovative ways to use the Child Health Profiles while on the move. They can save their favourite profiles, navigate easily between areas and email information about an area to colleagues.”

Helen Duncan, Programme Director for child and maternal health within the Knowledge and Intelligence Team (Northern and Yorkshire) said: “It’s been an exciting project for members of the team as they find out more about using mobile technology to make our data and evidence more readily accessible for colleagues whether in a meeting, on the ward or out on a visit.”

For further information or to download the new app, visit

Notes to editor

The Child Health Profiles app was built under the Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat), a specialist observatory which was part of Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory (YHPHO), which are now both part of Public Health England.

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