Join us for the Coda coastal health data workshop

20 February 2024

Wivenhoe House Hotel, University of Essex

13 May 2024

Registration is now open for our first Coastal Data (‘Coda’) Network workshop, in partnership with the Essex Centre for Coastal Communities. It will explore how local authorities, NHS trusts, ICBs and others can tackle the issues around the collection, analysis and use of data relating to coastal communities.

The event is free and open to all. To attend, fill in this simple form by 6 May 2024 at 12noon. 


In 2021 the Chief Medical Officer looked at health in coastal communities, and highlighted  that the available data on health and wellbeing were poor and lacked granularity. He recommended that this should be addressed to support the development of policies aimed at improving the health of coastal communities.

This one-day workshop will take a step towards this. Led by the Eastern Arc Coastal Data (‘Coda’) Network, it will be an opportunity to work together to address key issues identified through the EARC workshops on coastal health data held in July 2022. 

It is open to all and a wide group of stakeholders are encouraged, from local authorities to NHS trusts, from universities to charities, businesses and community groups. 

Provisional programme


10:00 Opening remarks and welcome

Phil Ward, Director of Eastern Arc

10:10 Setting the scene

10:10 Opportunities and challenges of using data to understand the health of coastal populations

Tim Winters, Senior Health Intelligence Lead (Insight & Analytics), NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB

10:45 Practitioners’ perspectives

Colleagues from Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk District Council (TBC)

11:30 Coffee

11:45 Workshop session 1: Access, trust and empowerment

Provocateur: Anna Crispe, Assistant Director, Knowledge, Intelligence & Evidence, Suffolk County Council

At the EARC workshop it was recognised that data owners could be risk averse in allowing access to their data, and that there was a need to develop relationships of trust to empower the owners. But how can this be done? The morning workshop will examine the experience of local authorities and ICSs during the pandemic, when there was more openness and willingness to share data and intelligence. Can this be embedded on a long-term basis, and what practical steps could be taken to train, enable and empower data owners to enable wider access to the data?

13:15 Lunch


14:00 Workshop session 2: Measuring health and deprivation at small area level

Provocateur: Dr Emily Murray, Director of the Essex Centre for Coastal Communities

Relatively little work has been done on using small area data to identify the causes of ill-health, including mental health, in coastal communities. The afternoon workshop is intended to build on lessons learnt from previous work to develop the data and the methods necessary to identify the links between the environment and poor health. This session will include Emily Murray’s work on coastal youth and mental health, Andy Jones’ work on rural deprivation and the University of Plymouth’s ESRC project on a new Coastal Classification (Sheela Agarwal and Alex Gibson).

15:30 Coffee

15:45 Final plenary: Next steps

The speakers and provocateurs will summarise key points to arise from the workshops, and discuss next steps following the workshop.

16:00 Closing remarks

Phil Ward, Director of Eastern Arc

16:15 Wine reception

Delegates are invited to talk informally with others, to make connections and share thoughts on what they have heard during the course of the day.

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