A booklet detailing the key NHS information services available to support commissioners has been launched by the NHS Information Centre.

The guide highlights products such as NHS Comparators, the Compendium of Public Health Indicators and the Health Poverty Index, which can provide commissioners with important information they need during the commissioning process.

Information Centre director of commissioning Sandra Hills said: "Commissioners need high-quality, up-to-date and relevant information to help them assess local services, understand local needs, track national trends and invest money in the right places.

"The guide is designed to show commissioners a selection of some of the products and services available to them and which are already being used by some of the leading NHS organisations to improve services."

The guide is available from www.ic.nhs.uk. A promotional film showcasing the support available to commissioners is also available.