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1. Who are NatCen?

NatCen have been carrying out high quality social research for over 40 years. We are a non-profit organisation, independent of all government departments and political parties. What we find out is used to inform policy and make a difference to the lives of people across the nation.

2. What is a health boost?

A health boost is when we are asked by a client to carry out extra interviews in a specific location as part of a wider national survey. We're offering boosts on two of our big nationwide surveys, the Health Survey for England and the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.

3. What is the Adult Pychiatric Morbidity Survey?

The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey provides data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorders in the English adult population aged 16 and over. This survey is the third in a series, it is a National Statistic and was commissioned by NHS Digital.  

4. What is the Health Survey for England?

The Health Survey for England is a yearly survey that monitors the health of the nation. Commissioned by NHS Digital it is a National Statistic and is the main source of information for the Government when they plan health policy and services.   

5. How do you deal with personal information? 

We treat the information participants give us in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 1998. The results collected are used for research purposes only. Participants will never receive any junk mail as a result of speaking to us. We never pass on participants' details to other organisations for commercial purposes. 

6. What data will I get?

Detailed information about the topics covered can be found here. Both surveys look at health inequalities and outcomes by key demographics and characteristics, such as age and sex. The Health Survey for England covers topics such as physical health, social care, smoking and drinking while the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey covers treated and untreated mental health illnesses. Results can be presented as raw data or as a bespoke report.

7. When will I get the data?

You can choose to recieve your results at the same time as the nationwide data is released or before hand. The Health Survey for England and the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey publish in early 2017.

8. Is this data going to be comparable?

Yes, you will be able to benchmark your local results against national averages.

9. Who owns the data?

You will own all your local area boost data, while NHS Digital, who commission the national surveys, own any local results that are included as part of a national statistic.

10. Who are your other boost clients? 

We've delivered boosts for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, London Primary Care Trusts and Heart of Mersey.

11. Who can I speak to to find out more? 

You can speak to our New Business team at 0207 549 9584 or




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