Using ChiMat: Deciding priorities

A valuable resource for evidencing service outcomes and benchmarking service delivery arrangements in relation to children and maternal health in our community”


Use ChiMat to find the best data and evidence to aid decisions about where to prioritise efforts and resources.

ChiMat tools and data

  • Look at a range of data to identify opportunities to improve secondary care while placing this in context of wider issues
    QIPP resource packs - available for child health and maternity.

  • Identify alternative service models and opportunities to free up resources for investment
    Disease Management Information Toolkit (DMIT) - Model likely impact of commissioning options at local level, available for asthma, diabetes and epilepsy.

  • Pinpoint opportunities to improve the quality of outcomes and productivity in your local area
    Outcomes versus Expenditure Tools - available for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), child health and maternity and newborn.

  • Identify priorities for investment and target resources to tackle inequalities in your area
    Child health profiles - including Local Authority Child Health Profiles (pdf), Child Health Profiles, Healthy Schools Profiles, Infant Mortality Profiles and Breastfeeding Profiles.

  • Find out more about particular health issues affecting children and young people in your area
    Topical reports - available for accident prevention, healthy schools and youth justice.

  • Get support
    Local specialists, tailored training and mentoring to support local needs.

Using ChiMat case study

Identifying the problem

  • NHS Midlands and East recognised the importance of maintaining a focus on effective commissioning for children’s services during a time of change. Alongside this, there was an understanding that work also needed to begin to ensure that emerging parts of the system, such as clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), were well prepared for their new role. A good, common understanding of health data and information was identified as key to this.

Taking action

  • Reflecting the need to work across the system, CCG leads, GP leads for child health, local authority and NHS children’s commissioners, members of the Strategic Network for child health and wellbeing, health professionals and public health analysts were brought together for a workshop with a session led by the East of England Public Health Observatory (ERPHO) and the ChiMat local specialist.

    Those attending were divided into groups of individuals from a mixture of backgrounds for a facilitated discussion about the local child health system based on data from the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for Children and Young People and DMIT.

Seeing benefits locally

  • The workshop succeeded in bringing together a cross-section of professionals who used the event to develop a common understanding of how data can be used to identify priorities by looking at indicators where the East of England has poorer health outcomes. What is more, those attending had the opportunity to consider the reasons behind these outcomes and make links with those in other roles or organisations within the same geographical area so that they can work together to address these issues and improve child health.

For more information see Using ChiMat's resources in practice: Deciding priorities.

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