Public Health Outcomes Framework

The Department of Health first published the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) for England in January 2012, setting out a vision for progress in public health.  The framework has been revised in August 2016 and November 2019, presenting refreshed sets of indicators that aim to help us to understand how well public health is being improved and protected.

Local quarterly commentaries and ‘at a glance’ weblinks

Our local PHOF commentary for August 2020 is more brief than the usual summary due to current capacity and priorities within the Public Health Intelligence Team. However, it continues to highlight key indicator updates and any changes reflected by these for Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, and the Cambridgeshire districts.

For further information on the indicators included in our local summaries, contact us at

August 2020 PHOF update_Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 

At a glance

‘At a glance’ summaries produced by Public Health England for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough provide an additional overview of the PHOF indicators for the local area.

Previous local quarterly commentaries

May 2020 PHOF Summary Cambridgeshire (679KB)

May 2020 PHOF Summary Peterborough (592KB)

February 2020 PHOF Summary Cambridgeshire (696KB)

February 2020 PHOF Summary Peterborough (604KB)


November19 PHOF Summary Cambridgeshire (691 KB)

Grouped data views in the national PHOF Data Tool

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.

  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

The Public Health Outcomes Framework – brief overview

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 added and updated on a quarterly basis.

The latest technical specification can be found at: https:/

The specification above describes the changes made during the Department of Health and Public Health England Consultation on the Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator set.

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