Islington Insights population register: linking council data to understand local population needs for a fairer, healthier society
PHE ePoster Library. Scott L. Sep 12, 2018; 221430
Ms. Laura Scott
Ms. Laura Scott
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Abstract Background:Councils have an important role in public health and hold information on many aspects of people's lives. However, data is held in multiple databases with no common key identifiers, and complexity and lack of standardisation of many datasets is a challenge. Linking council datasets is an opportunity to profile the resident population, identify unmet needs and opportunities for prevention, early intervention and targeting of services.Methods:Matching algorithms, developed locally, were used to link over 90 data sources from across the council. A hierarchy of data sources was used to generate a single best set of demographics at individual and household level. Within-borough mobility was addressed by tracking individuals across addresses and linking children to responsible adults. The population profile was compared with Greater London Authority (GLA) population estimates for validation.Results:The 'Islington Insights' population register was created, comprising 240,000 unique individual records. It includes data from early years, education, housing, children's and adults' social care, among others. It is similar in size and age-sex distribution to GLA estimates.Discussion:Islington Insights contributes to a wide range of programmes to improve outcomes for residents, for a fairer, healthier society. Using local data brings a greater understanding of local issues such as gang violence and adults with multiple disadvantage, to allow services to be targeted more effectively and fairly. The register forms a basis for future plans to link health to council data to understand social determinants of health. External funding details This project is part of the Health Foundation's Advancing Applied Analytics programme. The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.JS was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames at Bart's Health NHS Trust. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
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