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The week at PHE: online highlights, week beginning 23 February 2015

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We’re pleased to bring you our round-up highlighting some of PHE’s online activity from the past week. Here’s your chance to catch up on what you might have missed including:

Child health data
Through our work leading the National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network we have seen that while those working a local level are keen to look at the health data for the child population overall, they would also like to be able to break this down further and examine the differences which exist within their local area. This week PHE’s Helen Duncan blogged to explain that, using new software such as PHE’s Local Health and GP Practice Profiles, we are in a position to increase the data we publish.

Under-18s conception rate
This week we were pleased to see new ONS data which showed the conception rate among teenagers is at an all-time low – the lowest since records began. PHE Teenage Pregnancy Advisor Alison Hadley noted that “The success on teenage pregnancy has been achieved by local leadership, the commitment of frontline practitioners and strong partnership working between agencies.”

PROUD study
Last Tuesday, the PROUD study reported that PrEP reduced the risk of HIV infection by 86% for gay and other men who have sex with men when delivered in sexual health clinics in England.

Rare diseases
The 28 February marked the 8th International Rare Disease Day. We published a blog discussing PHE’s work on congenital anomaly and rare disease registration.

Health Profiles – we want your views
Do you use PHE’s Local Authority Health Profiles? If so we’re looking for your thoughts which will help shape future developments to Health Profiles and related products. Please take part in our user survey.

Drug and alcohol services
This week we announced the successful applicants for £10 million of capital funding for services that are helping people in England with drug or alcohol problems to recover from their addiction. Over 50 projects across England, in partnership with local authorities, will receive grants.

Annual NHS Health Check Conference
On Thursday we hosted NHS Health Check 2015 – improvement through collaboration. Thanks to all those who joined the conversation on Twitter using #NHSHealthCheck2015. We used the conference as an opportunity to promote some of our related tools and guidance:

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