Statistics at PHE
Public Health England collects and publishes statistics on public health topics including health protection and health improvement.
Our official statistics publications
We publish these releases as official statistics:
Health Profile updates
- Public health outcomes framework (PHOF)
- Health profiles
- Local alcohol profiles for England (LAPE)
- Local tobacco control profiles for England
- Child health profiles
- National child measurement programme (NCMP): local authority profile
- Wider determinants of health
- Weekly national flu activity report
- Annual flu activity report
- Weekly all-cause mortality surveillance
- National norovirus and rotavirus report
- Mandatory enhanced surveillance of healthcare associated infections (HCAI): MRSA and MSSA bacteraemia, E. coli bacteraemia and C. difficile infection
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England data tables
- National chlamydia screening programme (NCSP) data tables
- HIV surveillance data tables
- Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales annual report
- Reports of cases of tuberculosis to the national enhanced tuberculosis surveillance system
- Cover of vaccination evaluated rapidly (COVER) programme quarterly data
- HPV vaccine uptake
- Seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in frontline healthcare workers
- Seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in GP patients
- Seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in children of primary school age
- Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth (experimental statistics)
- Child obesity and excess weight: small area level data
- National diet and nutrition survey
- National drug and alcohol treatment statistics (from the NDTMS)
- NHS Health Check
- Oral health surveys of children results
The code of practice for official statistics requires that we announce publication dates for all official statistics publications in advance.
We publish information about our planned official statistics releases on the Statistics release calendar.
We also publish a 12 months ahead official statistics publication calendar:
PHE official statistics publication calendar (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 125KB)
Ad hoc statistical publications
PHE analysts undertake one-off statistical analyses which are not part of our regular official statistics releases. The findings from these ad hoc analyses may have been used in briefings, consultations or press and ministerial statements.
We have published these ad hoc statistical publications:
- Changes in the behaviour and health of 40 to 60 year olds
- Working years of life lost due to alcohol
- Density of fast food outlets by local authority in England: updated map and data
- Dental health of 5-year-old children in Bedford Borough Council
Find other PHE data and analysis publications
As well as our official statistics and ad hoc statistical releases, we also publish other data and analysis, tools and resources on public health topics:
See the PHE data and analysis tools grouped by topic.
See the infectious disease A to Z for data and analysis by infectious disease type.
What are official statistics?
Official statistics are data published by government which comply with the code of practice for official statistics. They only include statistics which are published on a repeated and regular basis, as opposed to one-off publications. They are produced by central government departments, agencies and devolved administrations.
Why were they developed?
The Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 was developed to increase transparency and improve public trust in government, ensuring official statistics are impartial and free from political influence.
When are they published?
Publication dates for official statistics must be announced at least a month before release.
Only those involved in producing or quality-assuring the statistics have access to the figures in advance of publication. For most official statistics releases there is a pre-release access list where a small number of people in the organisation and wider government can see the statistics 24 hours in advance of publication. This list is limited to officials who might be expected to respond to the figures immediately after release but not in order to influence the content or the publication date.
Official statistics are published at 09:30 on the day of publication. Sharing materials with the media in advance of publication is not permitted.
Where are they published?
PHE publishes official statistics on the PHE gov.uk website. Statistics releases are pre-announced on the statistics release calendar which includes links to previously published statistics.
An up-to-date list of all official statistics produced across government can be found on the National Statistics Authority website.
Who produces official statistics?
The majority of Official Statistics are produced by statisticians operating under the umbrella of the Government Statistical Service (GSS), working in either the Office for National Statistics, in UK government departments and agencies, or in one of the three devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Our official statistics compliance documents
We produce national and official statistics in accordance with the statutory and other arrangements described in the guidance on how national and official statistics are assured. We follow the code of practice for official statistics.
The following policies and statements describe our compliance with specific aspects of the Code:
PHE official statistics revisions and corrections policy (PDF, 33.5KB, 2 pages)
PHE statement of compliance with the pre-release access to official statistics order 2008 (PDF, 71.4KB, 6 pages)
- PHE statement on user engagement for official statistics
- PHE statement of administrative sources used for official statistics
- Code of practice breach reports (PDF, 90.9KB, 1 page)