Public Health Outcomes Framework

The Department of Health published the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) for England 2013-2016 in January 2012, setting out desired outcomes for public health and how they should be measured.  Public Health England present data for the PHOF in a comprehensive interactive data tool at  In the latest version of the data tool, it's possible to view data for Cambridgeshire and its districts, or Peterborough and its statistical neighbours, in a simple overview.

Local commentaries

Our local PHOF commentaries for February 2017 highlight indicators which are statistically significantly worse than the England average or that are below target values, as well as summarising key changes compared with previously published data.

  PHOF Commentary for Cambridgeshire and Districts - February 2017 (1.49 MB)

  PHOF Commentary for Peterborough - February 2017 (2.06 MB)


Grouped data views in the PHOF Data Tool:

  1.  Go to
  2. Click ‘Start’ or choose one of the domains of public health
  3. For Cambridgeshire and districts: On the overview tab, choose: a) Area type: District & UA; b) Areas grouped by: County & UA; c) County & UA: Cambs (Fig 1)
  4. For Peterborough and statistical neighbours: On the overview tab, choose: a) Region: East of England; b) Area: Peterborough; c) Select CIPFA nearest neighbours for Peterborough

Figure 1.  Screenshot of the PHOF Data Tool viewing Cambridgeshire and districts


The Public Health Outcomes Framework

The PHOF focuses on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system: 'Increased healthy life expectancy' and 'Reduced differences in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy between communities'.

A supporting set of public health indicators in the PHOF are split over four domains:

  • Improving the wider determinants of health
  • Health improvement
  • Health protection
  • Healthcare public health and preventing premature mortality

Public Health England launched an interactive PHOF Data Tool for England in November 2012, providing baseline data at upper-tier local authority level for a number of indicators, comparing local values to national averages.  New and amended baseline data, additional latest data and data for lower-tier local authorities continue to be updated on a quarterly basis.

For more details on the PHOF and further information on the indicators included in our local summaries, contact us at or