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Traffic Lights - Health Profiles

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What are Traffic Lights?

Health Traffic Lights 2015 provide a colour-coded picture of health and ill health in our communities alongside population indicators.  They make it easier to see - at a glance - issues that may need to be addressed. These Health Traffic Lights are available for each of the three local authority areas and also by each postcode sector.

Maps of postcode sectors are included.

What are they for?

The Health Traffic Lights have been designed to:

  • Illustrate health status for every postcode in Grampian and by Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Make it easier for everyone to understand health information
  • Provide health and social care colleagues with a systematic, structured tool
  • Make it easier to see differences between communities
  • Support elected members in their work
  • Provide a starting point for monitoring health issues in communities
  • Flag issues that need to be investigated further
  • Help localities to pinpoint areas and issues for action
  • Assist Community Planning Partners, Health and Social Care Partnerships and Integrated Joint Boards to improve health and reduce inequalities
  • Orientate people new to Grampian or 'new' to health
  • Help everyone to contribute to reducing inequalities to transform our communities.

Where did the information come from?

The Health Traffic Lights take information from the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) Health and Wellbeing Profiles 2015 www.scotpho.org.uk. The profiles use a range of indicators - e.g. early deaths from cancer - at Intermediate Zones (IZ). More detail is available in the technical report at www.scotpho.org.uk/profiles.

Intermediate Zones are aggregations of data zones, and contain between 2500 and 6000 people. The data zone is the key small-area statistical geography in Scotland, and is used in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).

For Health Traffic Lights, data has been aggregated to postcode sector to ensure maximum meaningful access for health and social care colleagues and Grampian citizens, as the postcode is arguably the most recognisable unit.

How do the Traffic Lights work?

The Traffic Lights take each indicator and compare it to the Scotland average. For ease, health indicators are grouped together and themed and population indicators are grouped together and themed. A colour code is assigned as follows:

Health Indicators - Traffic Lights

Red - more than 5% worse than Scotland average
Green - more than 5% better than Scotland average
Amber - within + or - 5% of Scotland average

Population Indicators - Blue Lights

For some indicators, being different to the Scotland average doesn't mean being 'worse' or 'better', but it might still be useful information - e.g. it may help to know that the community has a higher percentage of elderly in the population. For these indicators, we have assigned Blue Lights as follows:

Light blue - more than 5% less than Scotland average
Dark blue - more than 5% more than Scotland average
Mid blue - within + or - 5% of Scotland average

'Blank' traffic light means data not available.

The Health Traffic Lights are based on data available from the Health and Wellbeing Profiles.  The colour coding, makes it much easier to see 'at a glance' the issues that may need to be addressed in Grampian. 

Further information about Traffic Lights

For information on the development of the Traffic Lights tool, please contact:

Dr Linda Leighton-Beck
Head of Social Inclusion
01224 558743

For further specific information about Traffic Lights, please contact:

Fred Nimmo
01224 558655

By post at:

Public Health
NHS Grampian
Summerfield House
2 Eday Road
AB15 6RE

If you need this information in an alternative format (large print etc.) or in another language please contact:
Email: grampian@nhs.net

Tel: 01224 554400
NHS Grampian
Corporate Communications
Ashgrove House
AB25 2ZA