ORH Calculates Updated Rurality Indicator values for English Ambulance Trusts

ORH is working with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in quantifying the relationship between CCG rurality and the costs and standards of service provision.  In previous ORH work into rural service provision for the emergency services, an indicator was developed that performed better than simple population density in differentiating costs of provision for normalised service standards – the ‘weighted geometric mean of ward-based population density’.  As part of the ORH work for SWASFT, this value was calculated for all ten Trusts using 2011 Census data, and the results are shown on the map.

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