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Local Reports and Evidence

This page carries new and previous reports produced by staff from Wirral Intelligence Service and partners.

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Note: Previous content can be found on the Archive Page of this site

Note: This page is under development and will be added to over the coming weeks (August 2021)


  • Wirral Reducing the Strength Evaluation (December 2018)
    Wirral Reducing the Strength (RtS) scheme is an initiative which works to limit the sale of cheap, high strength lagers, beers and ciders of ABV 6.5% or more by working with local alcohol retailers. The overall aim of the project is to reduce alcohol related harm, alcohol related admissions to hospital and to improve perception of community safety. This evaluationexamines how well RtS has performed in relation to achieving its original aims.

  • Frailty Evidence Review (August 2018)
    There is a lack of consensus on a definition for frailty. This evidence reviewsets out to gather the latest and best known information to help understand the implications of frailty on a local population.

  • Wirral Council and Selective Licensing for Privately Rented properties (September 2018) Phase 2 
    Wirral introduced its first Selective Licensing Scheme on 1st July 2015 in 4 small areas, and in October 2018, Councillors agreed to extend Selective Licensing into another four areas.  This business case and consultation reportmake the case for extending into four new areas which are experiencing the worst symptoms of low demand and poor property condition in the borough, and the new scheme will be live from 1st April 2019.

  • Collins, B. J., Cuddy, K., & Martin, A. P. (2017). Assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of drug intervention programs: UK case study. Journal of addictive diseases36(1), 5-13.
    This study used local data for Wirral to understand whether the ‘test on arrest’ scheme as part of the drugs intervention programme was cost effective in funnelling people into drug treatment and reducing subsequent crime. The study combined drug treatment data with arrest data from Merseyside police. This study found that the Drug Interventions Program was both effective and cost-effective with an average net cost saving of £668 (or £6,207 including one case of homicide).

  • Collins, B. (2013). Using a survey to estimate health expectancy and quality-adjusted life expectancy to assess inequalities in health and quality of life.Value in Health,16(4), 599-603.
    This study used data from the North West Mental Wellbeing Survey to look at inequalities in life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and using a novel method to calculate quality adjusted life expectancy, and found that factoring quality of life into the calculation meant that the gap increased from 8 years to nearly 13 years. This study has been cited by six studies and has been influential in terms of methodologies. 

  • This analysis was repeated with data for the whole of the North West in a subsequent study, Collins, B. (2017).
    Results from a Well-Being Survey in the North West of England: Inequalities in EQ-5D–Derived Quality-Adjusted Life Expectancy Are Mainly Driven by Pain and Mental Health. Value in Health20(1), 174-177.

  • Using evidence and intelligence to inform approaches, methods and outcomes; case studies and examples