Atlas of variation in NHS Diagnostic services in England 2017

NHS England
NHS England;Public Health England
Publication date:
01 May 2017


The data and information presented in each of the atlases do not always explain the reason for the variation, however the strength and power of the atlas series is in the questions they raise about equity, effectiveness and value. The data on variation shown in the atlases can be triangulated with data from other sources such as PHE’s National Intelligence Networks, Health Profiles and Spend and Outcome Tools, alongside NHS Rightcare Where to Look and Commissioning for Value packs. Work must continue to deepen our insights into variation seen around the country in the activity and outcomes for patients and to understand whether the variation observed is random, warranted (ie true clinical variation based on geographical variation in need) or unwarranted and caused by under- or over- provision, failure to implement evidence guidelines or poor access .for patients because of travelling times, socioeconomic factors or poor health literacy.