Thursday, 26 February 2015

FW: Supporting Influence - supporting VCS and Healthwatch reps on HWBs - At your Fingertips data training: 27th March

At your fingertip: datasets and indicators training with Public Health England - 27th March from 10 am - 12pm

There is a lot of data available to voluntary & community sector (VCS) organisations- both from within the organisations and from public bodies working in health, care and in the wider determinants of health- data that is often open source- data which can build into "intelligence"  (defined as "appropriate, tailored collection and interpretation of information which is useful to the user").

In some areas VCS evidence has historically been excluded from joint strategic needs assessments for different reasons, including not "fitting" with the larger datasets or being so rigorously tested. However, additional intelligence from the VCS can complement statutorily collected data, to offer a richer, more accurate and up to date picture of local communities.

Regional Voices worked with NHS Confederation and the Local Government Association to produce a publication (previously publicised) for health and wellbeing boards (and their component commissioners and policy makers) about the value of the intelligence held by the VCS - Comparing Apples with Oranges - How to make better use of voluntary and community sector evidence to improve health outcomes.

There is a growing interest in VCS about how it works with "evidence" (both data that the VCS holds and open source data from statutory sources) to develop a compelling case for change to commissioners in health and wellbeing. For these reason, Regional Voices also developed a series of case studies that show different ways the VCS is using its data to develop intelligence that can effectively influence commissioning and thus health outcomes for the people the sector serves.

Public Health England and data tools

Public Health England has developed a number of tools which display suites of indicators for different aspects of health and wellbeing using software called fingertips. These profiles are a rich source of indicators across a range of health and wellbeing themes and have been designed to support JSNA and commissioning to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities.


At your fingertips data tools training

To support VCS organisations, London for All  and LVSC have set up data training with Public Health England support organisations to better understand Public Health indicators and datasets; use the tools and export the datasets behind the tools to apply them locally.

27th March from 10am – 1pm (registration from 9.30am)

This date is reserved for VCS and Healthwatch reps on the Health & Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) even though the VCS organisations that want to influence their Boards in the boroughs where there are no VCS reps are also welcome to register.

Please contact Sandra van der Feen, LVSC for more

We can only register up to 25 participants due to the practical nature of the training. If you register, you are kindly requested to bring a laptop with you. If that isn't possible, please contact Sandra above.

More information and registration for 27th March

Objectives of the training:

  • To develop an understanding of the broad range of indicators and datasets available within the fingertips tools.
  • To be able to use the tools to understand how local authorities compare with others and what has happened over time.
  • To be able to export the dataset behind the tools and use locally.



2nd March: more information and registration

Please contact Deirdre McGrath, London for All/LVSC for more information:


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