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Chief Knowledge Officer

Posts about the work of the Chief Knowledge Officer's directorate

Beyond big data: Bringing people together to improve cancer outcomes

It was just a year ago at the 2013 Cancer Outcomes Conference that we announced the completion of the migration to a single National Cancer Registration Service - described by the media as “the largest single cancer database in the …

Getting better all the time

It’s nearly June.  That means many things to many people – summer, school holidays, long evenings…  and to some, Health Profiles.  Since 2006, these summaries of health data for each local authority in England have been produced to support local …

The ordinary person: measuring height and weight in adults

“To tall men I’m a midget and to short men I’m a giant; to the skinny ones I’m a fat man and to the fat ones I’m a thin man….. In fact I’m quite ordinary.” So says the Ordinary Man …

Fighting cancer with information

We’re at an exciting time for cancer registration information, taking one step towards a single national cancer registration system. In November, the data from the last of our regional cancer registries was brought into the single processing system, Encore, at …

Understanding alcohol-related hospital admissions

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Alcohol is England’s second biggest cause of premature deaths behind tobacco. 34 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women exceeded current consumption guidelines on at least one day in the last week. Public Health England, in partnership …

Strengthening our intelligence

English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power”.  The more of it we have, the better informed and equipped we are to address any issues and drive improvements. And this too is true for health.  Within Public Health …

Of RAGs and riches: indicators of public health in the Public Health Outcomes Framework

“Are we there yet?” You don’t have to travel very far with small children before you are asked this question. In fact, a survey by Littlewoods.com in March 2013 reported that children ask their mothers around 300 questions every day …

Continuing the role of public health observatories

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On 1 April 2013 the regional Public Health Observatories (PHOs) transferred along with the specialist observatories and the National Cancer Intelligence Network into PHE as a single Knowledge and Intelligence service for England.  It was, and still is, a momentous …