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Health Equality for Specific Groups

We know that for some people in Suffolk and North East Essex there are still unfair and avoidable inequalities in their health and in their access to and experiences of health and care services. We also know that there are actions that can be taken on the social determinants of health which can reduce these health inequalities, for example education, employment and housing


Population Outcome Dashboard

The dashboard below gives a snapshot view of progress for a selection of relevant population health and wellbeing indicators that are publicly available on factors that contribute to improved health and wellbeing outcomes for people. The measures chosen follow the principles of the Outcome Base Approach we use as an Integrated Care System. You can read more about Outcomes Based Approaches here: Outcome Based Approaches – Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System (

These measures are not comprehensive; there are many others measures that exist, but these provide a good cross section and show an overview. All of these measures are also quantitative in their nature, so it is important that they are considered alongside qualitative data and research evidence, and not seen as the full story.

As all of the indicators relate to different measures, for some of them we would consider an improvement to be a trend where the numbers increase and for others, a trend where the number decreases is an improvement, depending on the context of what is being measured. To help show at a glance whether things are going well or not we have added a colour code.


Each of the indicators chosen has a link through to the original data source. That way if new data is available the link will show the latest data and remains up to date.

Below this dashboard is a section that describes what we mean by the terms used and provides answers to some questions about these data

Please note: Whilst these dashboards are updated monthly, the measures may not be the most recent available – there may have been a data update at source since the last dashboard update. Please click on the measure shown in the cells to ensure that it reflects the latest figure available.

Indicator NameWest SuffolkIpswich & East SuffolkNorth East Essex
Fuel poverty14.5%14.5%12.4%
Gap in the employment rate between those who are in receipt of long term support for a learning disability (aged 18 to 64) and the overall employment rate74.5 % points74.5 % points73 % points
Adults with a learning disability who live in stable and appropriate accommodation86.8%86.8%45%
Adults in contact with secondary mental health services who live in stable and appropriate accommodation70%70%25%
Gap in the employment rate between those who are in receipt of long term support for a learning disability (aged 18 to 64) and the overall employment rate 74.5 % points74.5 % points70.8 % points
Gap in the employment rate for those who are in contact with secondary mental health services (aged 18 to 69) and on the Care Plan Approach, and the overall employment rate62.4 % points62.4 % points54.6 % points
16 to 17 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) or whose activity is not known 5% 5% 4.2%
Homelessness: households owed a duty under the Homelessness Reduction Act 12.1 per 1,000 12.1 per 1,000 8.3 per 1,000
Homelessness: households in temporary accommodation0.9 per 1,000 0.9 per 1,000 1.9 per 1,000
Social Isolation: percentage of adult social care users who have as much social contact as they would like 40.7%40.7%41.1%
Social Isolation: percentage of adult carers who have as much social contact as they would like (18+ yrs)20.6%20.6%32.3%
Adults with substance misuse treatment need who successfully engage in community-based structured treatment following release from prison 45.5%45.5%41%
Premature mortality in adults with severe mental illness (SMI)71.1 per 100,00071.1 per 100,00096.3 per 100,000
Excess under 75 mortality rate in adults with severe mental illness (SMI)414% excess risk414% excess risk374.8% excess risk
Children in care 63 per 10,000 63 per 10,000 36 per 10,000
Children on child protection plans: Rate per 10,000 children <1832.6 per 10,00032.6 per 10,00018.9 per 10,000
Children in need: Rate per 10,000 children aged <18429 per 10,000429 per 10,000363 per 10,000
Domestic abuse related incidents and crimes24.8 per 1,00024.8 per 1,00029.1 per 1,000
Depression and anxiety among social care users: % of social care users53%53%51.1%

Dashboard last updated: April 2023

To find out more about our ICS Measures Framework, or to discuss measures used please contact ICP Research, Information and Analysis Lead

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do the figures in one Alliance area that is shaded red look better than those in a neighbouring area that is shaded green?

That is because what we are colour coding is whether the indicator for that area is improving or declining, not whether there is an indication of better outcomes than a neighbouring area or England as a whole.

Why are the colours in the dashboard boxes different to those on the dots in the graph when I click on the data link?

The colour of the dots on the graph in the data link relate to how that indicator compares to the England average and whether it is better or worse than that, whereas the dashboard boxes indicate whether that indicator is showing an improvement or a decline in each of our Alliance or Local Authority areas

Why do none of these measures tell me how well individual services, organisations, projects or interventions are performing?

Each partner organisation that delivers services that make a contribution to population outcomes also have their own selection of metrics that indicate whether they are doing the right things well, and show measures to evaluate how well actions, services or initiatives are working.

Why is the figure on the dashboard different to the most recent figure in the link?

Source data for indicators are not all updated at the same time and there is variation on when data are updated throughout the suite of indicators. The link will show you the latest available data, and it may be new data from when we last updated the dashboard. Whilst we endeavour to keep the dashboard display as up to date as possible, there is always a chance that new data has been released on the source since our last update.


Outcome – A condition of well-being for whole populations e.g.

Indicator – A measure which helps quantify the achievement of an outcome across the WHOLE POPULATION and give us an indication of whether we are collectively doing the right things – they DO NOT necessarily tell us how well individual services, organisations, projects or interventions are performing.

Performance Measure – A measure to evaluate how well an action, service or initiative delivered by SPECIFIC service providers / partnerships / programmes are working as opposed to the impact on whole populations

Benefit – Programmes of work that can make a contribution to improved health and wellbeing outcomes

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