NHS Atlas

The NHS Atlas series is pivotal in the interrogation of routinely available data that relate investment, activity and outcome to the whole population in need and not just those who happen to make contact with a particular service.  Only by taking this population perspective can we trigger the search for unwarranted variation and assess the value of the healthcare provided both to populations and to individuals.  As such, we consider the NHS Atlas series as an important set of publications that has received a positive response from clinicians, commissioners and managers alike. In many localities across England, the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare has been used as a stimulus to start a search for unwarranted variation, and as a springboard to releasing resources for re-investment in higher-value healthcare for local patients and populations.

The first NHS Atlas of Variation was published in November 2010 and was widely welcomed by the NHS and other stakeholders. That first Atlas has been followed by a further “compendium” Atlas and a series of themed atlases focusing on specific conditions or populations in more depth, and now a further compendium atlas.

In selecting which maps to include, the intention was to provide a selection across a range of specialties. We have consulted with the National Clinical Directors (NCDs), and various Department of Health teams, and also with some Public Health teams to identify examples that they feel highlight unexpected levels of variation within their area of expertise. To download the Atlas please go to: http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/atlas/nhs-atlas-of-variation-in-healthcare-2015

The Atlas of Variation 2015

The 2015 Atlas is available as a downloadable PDF and as an online interactive version. We regret that printed copies are not available.All previous Atlases are still available for download and in printed form – see the links below.
The 2015 Atlas Opportunity LocatorFor the first time, we are publishing a companion tool to the NHS Atlas of Variation 2015. The “Opportunity Locator” uses the same maps and data but allows local authorities and local CCGs to see how they are grouped according to their local boundary and demographic peers. There is some further indication of the “value opportunity” to the local health economy in focusing on their variance reletave to demographic peers.Two tools are available for download: one for CCGs and one for Local Authorities. In addition their a some screencasts and guidance in how to ue and interpret the tools.The Opportunity Locator is a collaboration between NHS England, NHS Right Care and Public Health England.If you have any queries about the locator and yout local position please send them to rightcare@nhs.netand we will field your queries accordingly.Access the Atlas Opportunity Locator here >>

Previous Atlases

Atlas of Variation 2010 Compendium Atlas of Variation 2011 Compendium
Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Respiratory Disease Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Diabetes Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Kidney Disease
Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for Children and Young People The Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease The Atlas of Variation in Diagnostic Services

In print..

The Atlases are available as downloadable PDFs and you can order printed copies (while stocks last)


All Atlases are also available as fully interactive online maps using InstantAtlas© GIS software