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Scotland has some of the best health service data in the world. Few other countries have information which combines high quality data, consistency, national coverage and the ability to link data to allow patient based analysis and follow up. The Information Services Division (ISD) is a division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland. ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support the NHS in progressing quality improvement in health and care and facilitates robust planning and decision making.

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What's New in ISD?

Publishing primary care out of hours information consultation - We are currently reviewing how we publish primary care out of hours information and are keen to have your views on this. To take part, please complete the Consultation [625Kb] and email to NSS.isdunscheduledcare@nhs.net by Thursday 30 June 2016.
[2 June 2016]

NHS Performs - Latest update

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 19 June 2016
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 20 June 2016
  • Cancer waiting times for January to March 2016
  • Hospital beds information for January to March 2016

NHS Performs

NHS Performs is a website which brings together a range of information on how hospitals and NHS Boards within NHSScotland are performing.  It aims to provide this information in an easy to access, clear and understandable way.
[28 June 2016]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 28 June 2016
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The 62 Day Standard is that 95% of patients urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer will wait a maximum of 62 days from referral to first cancer treatment.

  • 90.2% of patients started treatment within the 62 day standard. This is a 0.6% point decrease compared to last quarter.
  • The 62 day standard was met by three NHS Boards (NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway and NHS Lanarkshire).

The 31 Day Standard is that 95% of all patients will wait no more than 31 days from decision to treat to first cancer treatment.

  • 94.9% of patients started treatment within this standard. This is a 1.5% point decrease compared to the previous quarter.
  • The 31 day standard was met by 11 of 15 NHS Boards. The NHS Boards who did not meet the standard were NHS Grampian, NHS Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside.
Published: 28 June 2016
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  • The proportion of people receiving early access to their first treatment for drug or alcohol misuse continues to be high and has been for the past two years. Of the 11,171 people who started their first treatment, 94.8% have waited three weeks or less. More than half (56.2%) started their first treatment within one week of referral.
    • For the 6,858 people seeking alcohol treatment, 95.2% waited three weeks or less, similar to the previous quarter (96.0%).
    • For the 4,313 people seeking drug treatment, 94.2% waited three weeks or less, similar to the previous quarter (94.0%).
  • At the end of this quarter, 2,802 people were waiting to start their first drug or alcohol treatment, of which 114 (4.1%) had been waiting more than six weeks. This is a decrease from the previous quarter when 134 (5.4%) people were waiting more than six weeks.
  • In prisons, 1,383 people started their first drug or alcohol treatment between January-March 2016, with 97.8% waiting three weeks or less and 79.9% waiting one week or less.
  • All NHS Boards in Scotland met the Scottish Government’s Local Delivery Plan standard except NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Shetland.
Published: 28 June 2016
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Outpatients

  • There were 1.13 million outpatient total attendances in the quarter ending March 2016, similar to the previous year of 1.14 million.
  • 1 in 10 patients did not attend their outpatient appointment, which is similar to the same quarter in 2015.

Inpatient and day case discharges

  • There were 420,990 acute inpatient and day case episodes of care recorded in the quarter ending March 2016. This is an increase of 5.5% from quarter ending March 2015.
  • This increase is part of a general increasing trend over the last 5 years in the number of episodes of care recorded.

Bed statistics

  • There were 15,851 available staffed beds for all acute specialties in March 2016. This is an increase of nearly 1.5% since quarter ending December 2015 due to seasonality, and a reduction of over 5% over the last five years.
Published: 28 June 2016
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Overall Cost

  • The total (net) cost in 2015/16 was £1.3 billion; this is an increase of 6.9% compared to 2014/15. The net cost of items reimbursed has increased overall by 28.0% over the last 10 years.

Products Dispensed

  • A total of 102.2 million items were reimbursed in 2015/16, an increase of 1.1% compared with 2014/15. The number of items reimbursed has been increasing year on year with a total increase of 28.1% over the last 10 years, however this rate of increase has slowed in recent years.
  • The Gross Ingredient Cost of items increased by 8.6% between 2014/15 and 2015/16, to £1.1 billion. This is partly due to price adjustments, new medicines and the move in supply of some high cost treatments from hospital to primary care.
  • This is reflected in the average cost per item which has increased from £10.04 to £10.79 between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Services Provided

  • The cost for remuneration of services has increased by £4.9 million (2.4%) from £208.5 million in 2014/15 to £213.4 million in 2015/16.
Published: 28 June 2016
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Hospital bed days associated with delays in discharge from April 2015 to March 2016:

  • The total number of bed days occupied by delayed discharge patients during 2015/16 was 567,853. This is a 9% reduction on the previous year (623,438).
  • Of the total bed days occupied by delayed discharge patients in 2015/16, 71% (400,525) were occupied by patients aged 75 and over.
  • The remaining bed days were occupied by patients aged 18-74 years.
  • 1 in 12 (8.2%) of all bed days occupied in 2015/16 were by delayed discharges.

Patients delayed at the monthly census points from April 2015 to March 2016:

  • In NHSScotland, the majority of delays at each census point are due to patients with complex care needs. These patients account for an average of 338 delays (29%) at each monthly census point.
  • Throughout 2015/16, there were an average of 278 patients (24%) waiting to go home with relevant care arrangements at each census. Patients awaiting a place in a care home accounted for an average of 263 delays (22%) at each census.

Costs:

  • In 2013/14 the estimated cost of delayed discharges in NHSScotland was £114 million, with an estimated average daily cost of £214.
Published: 28 June 2016
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During the week ending 19 June 2016:

  • There were 25,598 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 93.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 106 patients (0.4%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 13 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 21 June 2016
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Quarterly Uptake

  • Rates of childhood immunisations continue to be high in the quarter ending 31 March 2016 in Scotland, ranging from 92.9% to 98.3% across the different age bands and vaccines.

Financial Year Uptake

  • Rates of childhood immunisations also continue to be high in the year ending 31 March 2016, ranging from 92.9% and 98.1% across the different age bands and vaccines.
Published: 21 June 2016
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Registration

  • 4.9 million (91%) of the Scottish population are registered with an NHS dentist.
  • Children are more likely to be registered with an NHS dentist than adults (94% compared to 90%) and true across all deprivation areas.
  • In contrast, adults are more likely to be registered if they live in the more deprived areas (92% in the most deprived area, 84% in the least deprived areas).

Contact with a Dentist (Participation)

  • At March 2016, 3.5 million (72%) of those registered had seen an NHS dentist within the last two years. This has been a steady decline since the change in the registrations rules in 2007, when 2.5 million (99%) had contact with an NHS dentist.
  • Children are more likely than adults to have seen an NHS dentist within the last two years (85% compared to 69%).
  • Those from the most deprived areas were less likely to see their dentist within the last two years than those from the least deprived areas.
Published: 21 June 2016
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In the quarter ending March 2016 for AHP MSK services (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropody/Podiatry and Orthotics) in the nine NHS Boards:

  • 62,425 patients had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service (all professions) and just over half (50.3%) were seen within 4 weeks. This compares with 49.2% during the quarter ending December 2015.
  • Nine out of ten patients were seen within 17 weeks.
Published: 21 June 2016
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The CAMHS benchmarking toolkit aims to support the implementation of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health policy using national data benchmarking of CAMH services across Scotland. The toolkit contains information on waiting times for CAMHS, workforce statistics, inpatient admissions and inpatient bed days.

Published: 21 June 2016
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Disability

  • In 2014, it was estimated that 31% of adults (aged 16 years and over) in Scotland had a limiting long-term condition or illness (lasting at least 12 months).

Drugs – Addiction Prevalence Testing

  • In 2015/16, 73% tested positive for illegal drugs when entering prison and 27% tested positive for illegal drugs when leaving prison.

Drugs – Drug Related Criminal Proceedings

  • In 2014/15, for those convicted of ‘possession with intent to supply’, the most common sentence was imprisonment (51%). For ‘possession’, the most common sentence was a fine (64%). The use of community sentences has increased over time (33% and 10% respectively in 2014/15, compared to 17% and 2% in 2010/11).

Ethnicity

  • Completeness and quality of ethnicity coding in national routinely-collected hospital records have improved sufficiently (80% complete with the ability to reach 90% through matching) to allow comparison of hospital admission rates by ethnic group for the first time in Scotland.

Tobacco Use

  • Over the period 2003-14, a clear downward trend in the number of deaths attributable to smoking was apparent.
Published: 21 June 2016
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Hospital bed days associated with delays in discharge in April 2016

  • In April 2016, patients spent 43,980 days in hospital due to delays in discharge. This is a 5% decrease on the previous month and a 7% decrease on the same period last year.

Hospital bed days associated with delays in discharge in April 2016

  • In April 2016, patients spent 43,980 days in hospital due to delays in discharge. This is a 5% decrease on the previous month and a 7% decrease on the same period last year.

Patients ready for discharge as at May 2016 census

  • 1,123 patients were delayed at the May 2016 census. This is a 1% increase on April 2016.
  • 335 of these delays (30%) were for patients with specific complex care needs.
  • Of the remaining 788 patients delayed at the census:
    • 271(34%) were awaiting place availability in a care home
    • 205 (26%) were awaiting completion of social care arrangements for social care support to live in their own home – awaiting social support (e.g. carer).
    • 163 (21%) were awaiting completion of a post hospital social care assessment
Published: 21 June 2016
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During the week ending 12 June 2016:

  • There were 27,421 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 89 patients (0.3%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 8 patients (< 0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 14 June 2016
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  • In 2015/16 there were 97,245 Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI) carried out in Scotland. This is 59% more than the 61,081 set out in the Local Delivery Plan (LDP) standard for 2015/16.
  • At national level both the target for all ABI delivery and the expectation of delivery of 80% of the target in priority settings were met. All but one NHS Board (NHS Western Isles) exceeded their target for ABI delivery in 2015/16.
  • There is large variation between individual NHS Boards in the distribution of ABI delivery across settings. There has been a three-fold increase in the number of ABIs delivered by ‘wider’ settings (other than priority settings) in the last three-year period.
Published: 14 June 2016
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Pain Clinic / Service

  • There were 5,041 referrals to Pain Clinic / Service during the quarter ending 31 March 2016. This compares with 4,791 referrals for the previous quarter.
  • 85.8% of the 2,924 patients seen in the quarter ending 31 March 2016 were treated within 18 weeks. This compares with 82.5% of the 3,317 patients seen in the previous quarter.
  • As at March 2016, 4,376 patients were waiting to be seen at a Pain Clinic / Service; of which, 85.8% had been waiting less than 18 weeks.
  • 14.3% of patients did not attend their appointment and failed to notify the hospital.

Pain Psychology Clinic

  • Of the 8 NHS Boards that provide this service and can provide the information, there were 327 referrals to a Pain Psychology Clinic during the quarter ending 31 March 2016. This compares with 341 referrals for the previous quarter.
  • 90.1% of the 253 patients seen in the quarter ending 31 March 2016 were treated within 18 weeks. This compares with 95.0% of the 282 patients seen in the previous quarter.
  • As at March 2016, 282 patients were waiting to be seen at a Pain Psychology Clinic; of which, 96.5% had been waiting less than 18 weeks.
  • 8.0% of patients did not attend their appointment and failed to notify the hospital.
Published: 14 June 2016
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  • A total of 561 general practices (58%) responded to the “In Hours” survey. All 14 NHS Boards responded to the GP Out of Hours section.
  • The Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) of GPs working in practices declined by 2% between 2013 and 2015 (from 3,735 to 3,645).
  • Between 2013 and 2015 the WTE of registered nurses employed by general practice increased, by 2% (from 1,420 to 1,455). The WTE of Health Care Support Workers increased by 23% (from 300 to 365).
  • One in five practices reported having a GP vacancy at 31 August 2015, twice as many as in 2013. Half of the vacancies reported had been vacant for over 6 months. Vacancies among nurses in general practice were much lower with 5% of practice reporting a vacancy.
  • More than a third of GPs working in Scottish general practice are over 50. This proportion is higher in males, with nearly half (47%) aged over 50 while for female GPs only 29% are over 50. The age profile of nurses in general practice is much older, with over half (53%) aged over 50.
  • 2,228 GPs were reported as working within GP Out of Hours services, however there was a large variation in the amount of time input to the services. 6% of GPs working in GP OoH services worked an average of 20+ hours per week which accounted for 34% of the total GP hours worked. The remaining GPs working in Out of Hours Services generally worked only a small number of hours each over the year.
  • All NHS Boards, with the exception of Shetland, reported having to take actions due to being unable to fill all GP OoH service shifts as planned, with 9 NHS Boards reporting having to do so at least weekly. The most common action taken was for staff to work longer shifts or start a shift earlier.
Published: 14 June 2016
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  • The total number of items dispensed in March 2016 was 8.9 million, an increase of 1.8% compared to March 2015.
  • The cost of items dispensed in March 2016 was £97.8 million, an increase of 7.0% compared to March 2015.
  • The total cost of primary care drugs has increased over the last year. A significant proportion of the observed increase is accounted by the transition from hospital supply routes to provision through community pharmacy. An example of this is the treatment of patients with Hepatitis C. Other factors, such as price adjustments for items with supply issues and the adoption of novel agents such as Direct Acting Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) also contribute to the observed increase in costs.
Published: 14 June 2016
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During the week ending 5 June 2016:

  • There were 28,129 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.8% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 65 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 1 patient (< 0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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