Key sources of health-related statistics
NHS England website bringing together all their datasets, indicators, statistics publications and more.
Limited list of statistical reports – more can be found by selecting Statistics on this page and filtering for Department of Health and Social Care. Includes useful links to other statistics sources.
NHS Scotland statistics services; includes data on NHS workforce, hospital activity etc.
Government statistics on community care, population health etc. Has useful links to other sources of Scottish health data.
Key sources of other statistical data
All UK government statistical publications, filterable by topic and government department.
Official statistics relating to the UK economy, society and population.
Open data published by UK public bodies – useful source for data relating to small/local areas and topics.
All Scottish official statistics organised by topic with quick links to major items such as SIMD.
Demographic data for Scotland.
Specific data topics
UK-wide health and safety data organised by topic.
Mortality, treatment, incidence and more for the UK.
Provides access to UK and international social and economic data and guidance on how to use it.
Publications discussing aspects of health economics e.g. NHS funding, medicines expenditure.
Government publications, reports etc
All UK government publications, filterable by topic and department.
All Scottish Government publications, filterable by topic.
News feed of new reports, announcements, consultations.
News statements - ministerial speeches and briefings can also be viewed from here.
HMIC and Social Care Online can be searched via the Knowledge Network (www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk) to find such material as well.
Health stories from the BBC.
Health news, editorials and analysis from the BMJ.
Latest NICE guidance and related news stories are on the homepage.
Accessible explanations of health stories in the news, giving their sources, validity and scientific basis.
Visualisation and presentation
Open University course Communicating with data, charts and graphs
Free online course
Allows searching of image and video sources – can filter for editable material.
Adapted from training entitled Instant evidence based medicine: how to quickly synthesise research, delivered by School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield on 6th September 2018, Glasgow.