Benchmarking is one part of the process of making needs assessment more systematic.  Many topics within the JSNA will compare local indicators with those in other areas.

This section compares 32 indicators from Public Health England's Health Profiles 2013 to look at differences and similarities with similar areas.  Full details of comparisons are available in Measuring up: benchmarking Tees Valley 2013, with a locality-specific version available: Measuring up: benchmarking Redcar & Cleveland 2013.

Comparing Redcar & Cleveland with a range of similar areas

Considering the indicators in the domains in which they appear in the Health Profiles can help to see if differences tend to be in one or more domains.

Indicators ordered as they appear in Health Profiles

Redcar benchmark table 2013, unordered


Considering the indicators ordered by frequency of being worse can help to prioritise areas where indicators are more commonly different than in similar authorities.

Indicators ordered by frequency of being worse in Redcar & Cleveland than elsewhere

Benchamrking table for Redcar & Cleveland, 2013, sorted


Comparing Redcar & Cleveland with its nearest neighbour, St. Helens


The Indices of Deprivation (ID) 2010 show Redcar & Cleveland as the 48th most deprived local authority in England; St. Helens is 51st.

Comparing detailed rate differences between Redcar & Cleveland and its nearest neighbour, St. Helens, shows many indicators where rates are broadly similar, but others where differences are apparent.

Comparing Redcar & Cleveland with St. Helens (rates)

Comparing Redcar and St. Helens (rates)


Comparing Redcar & Cleveland with St. Helens and England (numbers)

The table below provides an indication of the number of people who would be affected if St. Helens or England rates are applied to Redcar & Cleveland.  As a near neighbour, with a similar level of deprivation and in the same 'Industrial Hinterlands' ONS group, achieving rates similar to those seen in St. Helens would only move Redcar & Cleveland minimally towards the England average.

Comparing Redcar, St. Helens and England (numbers)


What might be priority topics for health improvement?

The indicators where Redcar & Cleveland is worse than many benchmark areas are:

  • Smoking in pregnancy.  See the Smoking topic for further details.
  • Hospital stays for self-harm.  See the Self-harm and suicide topic for further details.
  • Long-term unemployment - the rate of working age people who have been out of work for more than one year.  See the Employment topic for further details.