Chart of the month

Data visualisation of today’s most intriguing health and health care trends


Each month we shine a light on new topic by analysing the data and exploring the implications for those in health care policy and at the frontline.

This month


Which health care jobs are the most likely to be affected by automation?

August 2019 chart of the month. ONS analysis suggests that 7.4% of jobs in England are at high risk of automation

Previous months


Health spending as a share of GDP remains at lowest level in a decade

July 2019 chart of the month. UK spending on health stays flat as a percentage of GDP


The UK spends less on capital in health care than other comparable countries

June 2019 chart of the month. As a share of GDP, the UK spends far less on capital in health care than comparable OECD countr...

Further reading


Preventable deaths and deprivation

May 2019 chart of the month. The risk of preventable death is at least three times higher for people living in the most depri...


Health service output has increased faster than nurse numbers this decade

April 2019 chart of the month. The divergence between growth in staff numbers and the amount being done in the health service...


Bed occupancy rates within STPs over winter

March 2019 chart of the month. Bed occupancy rates show variations across England this winter, but it is clear there is signi...


Changes to the general practice workforce

February 2019 chart of the month. The overall number of nurses grew by 1.5% to 16,040 between September 2017 and September 20...


How has the productivity of UK health care changed between 1997 and 2016?

January 2019 Chart of the Month. Between 1997 and 2016, productivity across the UK NHS grew by 20%, at an average of around 1...


Health and health care use of older people living alone

December 2018 Chart of the Month. We examined the characteristics of people aged 65 or older living alone and the impact that...


The gap in healthy life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas in England

November 2018 chart of the month. The government’s vision for the role of prevention in improving health supports includes en...


How much has the backlog in maintenance of NHS estates increased?

October 2018 chart of the month. Since 2013/14, the maintenance backlog for NHS hospitals has risen substantially, with most ...


Survey of adopters

September 2018 chart of the month. ‘Providing more opportunities to share learning’ would have helped the most in adopting in...


14-day cancer waiting times

August 2018 chart of the month. The 14-day waiting time standard from urgent GP referral for suspected cancer to first outpat...

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