The North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS)  has been working closely with The AHSN NENC to produce strategically and operationally important insights into the health status of the region and the healthcare system.

The three main outputs of this are:

  • The outcome measurement framework
  • The health surveillance report
  • Production of a measurement framework for Patient Safety.

Outcome Measurement Framework

One element of this is the design and production of measures to support Programme leads to identify priorities and evaluate the impact of initiatives with respect to improvement in quality or clinical variation. This is an important piece of work as the framework produced across each Programme will ultimately:

  • Provide objective evidence of the current major strengths and challenges for the AHSN NENC in terms of population health and healthcare
  • Enable The AHSN NENC to objectively monitor changes (improvements) in the region’s population health and healthcare processes/outcomes
  • Enable The AHSN NENC to monitor and evaluate the impact of its initiatives (measure success).

Surveillance Report

NEQOS, on behalf of the AHSN NENC has developed a report based on the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), in addition to data from NHS Digital and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Population Health and Healthcare Surveillance report provides a single reference source containing a  regional oversight of activity across all areas of health and healthcare. The aim is to support those involved in healthcare in understanding the main challenges across the region. It highlights strong healthcare in the face of social and economic challenges. This has stimulated considerable interest in the public health needs in the region.

The contents of this report are regularly reviewed to ensure that they remain relevant and evidence based, and are updated as new data emerges.

Feedback on content and presentation is welcomed.


NEQOS Health Surveillance Report March 2022


NEQOS Population Health & Healthcare Surveillance – Impact of COVID-19

Report 1

This surveillance report provides timely activity data relating to areas of concern in the NENC area due to COVID-19, based on rapid impact assessments that took place in Spring 2020.

This includes metrics which report delays in presentation to / access to health services (primary care, acute and mental health), impact on screening, diagnostic and immunisation programmes, impact on healthy lifestyles and coping behaviours, and NHS staff sickness absence rates.

NEQOS Surveillance Report 1

Report 2 – Healthcare Utilisation

This report focuses on a key set of metrics relating to healthcare utilisation, presenting hospital activity-based information from A&E, outpatient and inpatient settings using the latest data available from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and also includes primary care activity.

Activity is presented as rates by CCG (by financial year), by deprivation decile (to highlight potential inequalities and variation in need), and as a trend over time for the NENC area.

NEQOS Surveillance Report 2 : Healthcare utilisation

Report 2 – Appendix update

This Appendix to Report 2 includes an update to the time period reported for the activity trend charts in Report 2 (now to the end of Sept ’20) and activity rates per CCG for the most recent financial years are expressed as directly standardised rates.

NEQOS Surveillance Report 2 Appendix 1 – Healthcare Utilisation update

If you would like any further information on this programme of work please contact Andrea Brown.