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30 April 2013
Primary 1 Body Mass Index (BMI) statistics for school year 2011/12
- In school year 2011/12 a total of 52,139 valid height and weight measurements were recorded for children in Primary 1 in Scotland. This is approximately 92% of children in Primary 1. This is the first year that data are available for all council areas in Scotland.
Based on epidemiological thresholds used for population monitoring purposes:
- In 2011/12, 76.9% of children in Primary 1 were classified as healthy weight, a marginal increase on the 2010/11 figure of 76.7%.
- The BMI distribution of children in Primary 1 has remained broadly similar over the period 2000/01 to 2011/12 with around 21% to 23% of children (one in five) at risk of overweight and obesity combined and around 1.5% at risk of underweight. In 2011/12, 21.9% of children in Primary 1 were at risk of overweight and obesity combined and 1.2% at risk of underweight.
Based on clinical thresholds for assessing children:
- In 2011/12, 84.6% of children in Primary 1 in Scotland were classified as healthy weight, a marginal decrease on the 2010/11 figure of 84.7%.
- The BMI distribution of children in Primary 1 has remained broadly similar over the period 2000/01 to 2011/12 with around 14% to 16% of children overweight, obese and severely obese combined and around 0.5% underweight. In 2011/12, 14.9% of children were classified as overweight, obese and severely obese combined and 0.4% underweight.
Cancer Incidence 2011
- Over the last ten years, age-standardised incidence rates of cancer in Scotland have fallen by 3% in males but increased by 9% in females.
- Cancer incidence rates and trends in incidence rates show considerable variation between different types of cancer.
- Actual numbers of cases of cancer have risen over the last decade. This is likely to be largely due to an ageing population.
- Two in five people in Scotland will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. This includes cancers that will have no detrimental impact on life expectancy, such as indolent prostate tumours.
- It is estimated that there are 165,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer over the last 20 years in Scotland and who are still alive. This is approximately 3% of the population of Scotland.
Place of Death from Cancer 2011
- In the five year period, 2007-2011, half of the deaths in Scotland from cancer occurred in NHS hospitals (38,157 out of 76,510). A quarter of deaths from cancer were at home (19,457), while 18% were in hospices (13,894).
- The overall pattern described above has also been consistent over the 10 year period 2002-2011, with only a small decrease in the percentage of deaths occurring in hospital and a small increase in the percentage of deaths occurring at home.
Scottish Breast Screening Programme Statistics 2011/12
NHSBSP Performance Standards, at 31st March 2012:
- Looking at three year performance standard attendance figures, uptake has dropped slightly from 74.9% in 2008-11 to 74.5% in 2009-12.
- Greater Glasgow and Clyde were the only NHS Board not to meet the minimum performance attendance standard of >70% of women invited during the previous three years. The attendance rate for Greater Glasgow and Clyde was 70.8% in 2008-11 but dropped slightly to 69.8% in 2009-12.
- In 2011-12, all but one of the NHS Breast Screening Programme Minimum Performance Standards and all but 3 of the 13 targets were met.
The National Drug Related Deaths Database (Scotland) report 2011
- In 2011, there were 438 cases identified as eligible for inclusion in the NDRDD cohort (an increase from 365 in 2010).
- Over three quarters (78.3%) were male, over half (53.4%) lived in the most deprived areas in Scotland and the 35-44 years age group accounted for the highest proportion of deaths (38.1%).
- Over two fifths (44.5%) of the cohort, where known, were a parent or parental figure.
- Where known, nearly two thirds (63%) had a history of drug injecting and over three quarters (77.4%) had a medical condition recorded in the 6 months prior to death.
- Where known, almost two thirds of individuals (64.5%) had been in contact with a drug treatment service at some point in their lives.
- Where known, in the 6 months prior to death, one third (34.3%) had been released from police custody and almost a fifth (18.1%) had been released from prison.
- This year's report includes data on drugs 'present' in the body and drugs 'implicated' in the death. The presence of a drug in the toxicology of the deceased individual does not necessarily mean that the drug was implicated in (contributed to) the death.
- In the vast majority of cases (97%) more than one drug was present in the toxicology and in 68.9% more than one drug was implicated in the death.
- In relation to drugs present, the proportion of deaths with heroin/morphine and alcohol has decreased over the period 2009-2011, while the proportion of deaths with methadone, diazepam and anti-depressants has increased over this period.
- In 2011, diazepam was the drug most frequently found to be present in the body at death (81.4%) and methadone was the drug most frequently implicated in the death (53.4%).
- The majority of individuals (150, 60.7%) with methadone found in their toxicology were not in receipt of a methadone prescription at the time of death.
- Where known, almost three quarters (73.8%) of individuals in the 2011 NDRDD cohort were not currently in receipt of a prescribed substitute drug.
26 March 2013
Scottish Perinatal and Infant Mortality and Morbidity 2011
Rates of stillbirths and deaths:
- Stillbirth rate 5.1 per 1000 births
- Neonatal death rate 2.7 per 1000 live births
- Perinatal mortality rate 6.9 per 1000 births
- Post-neonatal deaths 1.3 per 1000 live births
- Infant mortality rate 4.0 per 1000 live births
All rates are lower than in most recent years. The perinatal mortality rate in 2011 was the same as 2010’s record low rate.
GP Consultations for Breast Symptoms
- During the period September to November 2012, around 21,000 women consulted their GP with breast symptoms such as lumps, pain and infection. This is an estimate based on a sample of GP practices, so the exact figure could be anywhere in the range 18,300 to 23,700. During the same period in 2011, the number of women consulting with these symptoms was around 13,900 (range 12,300 to 15,500).
- Many more women consulted their GP during the period September to November 2012 than during previous quarters or the same period in 2011. This corresponds with the timing of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
- Consultations for breast symptoms such as lumps, pain and infection reached a peak in October 2012. During this month these symptoms accounted for around 0.56% of all consultations, compared to 0.35% in October 2011.
Adult Mental Health Benchmarking Toolkit 2011/12
- Information on Allied Health Professionals working in mental health has been included in the toolkit for the first time.
- The total expenditure for adult mental health services was £877m in 2011/12, an increase of 1.1% since 2010/11, and is equivalent to £167 for every person in Scotland.
- The average length of stay for adult mental health specialties in Scotland decreased from 80.5 days in 2010/11 to 65.2 days in 2011/12 (excluding NHS Ayrshire & Arran). The median length of stay remained at 16 days, unchanged for the last 4 years.
- There was a small increase in the number of people on compulsory treatment orders in Scotland from 2,066 in 2010/11 to 2,181 in 2011/12.
- In 2011/12 the number of mental health officers in Scotland equates to 635 whole time equivalents (WTE); a decrease of approximately 7.5% from 2010/11.
- The mortality rate for persons in contact with the mental health service in Scotland (excluding NHS Ayrshire & Arran) is 2.8 times higher than the mortality rate for the general population when standardised by age and sex.
ScotPHO website annual section updates
- Diet and nutrition
In 2010/11, 15% of adults living in the most deprived SIMD quintile reported that they met the recommended daily intake of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables, compared with 28% in the least deprived quintile. Among children aged 2-15, 7% of boys in the most deprived SIMD quintile met the recommendation, compared with 17% in the least deprived quintile. For girls, 12% met the recommendation in both the least and most deprived quintiles. The proportion of children consuming no daily fruit and vegetables was greatest in the most deprived quintile (16%) and lowest in the least deprived quintile (5%).
- Tobacco use
There is a strong gradient in smoking rates across SIMD quintiles. In 2011, smoking rates increased from 12% in the least deprived quintile to 38% in the most deprived quintile.
Within Scotland, the highest all-cause age/sex standardised mortality rates are generally found in the west of the country (e.g. Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire NHS Boards). In 2011 the lowest rate (for residents of Orkney NHS Board) was almost 25% lower than for Greater Glasgow & Clyde. There is a strong deprivation pattern, and the rate for persons living in the least deprived SIMD decile (424 deaths per 100,000 population) was less than half the rate for the most deprived decile (1,014 deaths per 100,000 population).
Over the period 2009-2011, the most common underlying cause of death for all ages was acute myocardial infarction (8.4% of all deaths), followed by malignant neoplasm of the bronchus and lung (7.7%) and chronic ischaemic heart disease (6.1%).
- Allergic conditions
In 2011/12, more people consulted their GP for asthma, eczema and nasal allergies than for any other allergic conditions. Allergic reactions to stings and allergies to food were important but uncommon reasons for consulting. Asthma accounted for around 80% of hospital admissions for allergic conditions.
In 2011/12, over 4,000 people were admitted to hospital in Scotland because of diabetes, and diabetes contributed to over 66,000 admissions. In 2011/12, there were over 2,200 admissions with diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of diabetes. Diabetes was identified as a contributing factor to over 4,400 deaths in Scotland in 2011.
Prescribing Statistics - Dispenser Remuneration
- The gross total payments to Scottish dispensing contractors decreased from £1,178 million in 2011 to £1,126 million in 2012.
- The net ingredient cost (NIC) paid to dispensing contractors for drug reimbursement has decreased, from £972 million in 2011 to £919 million in 2012. However, the cost for remuneration of services shows an increase of £1.8 million (0.9%) from £205.7 million in 2011 to £207.5 million in 2012.
- The gross ingredient cost (GIC) paid to dispensing contractors in 2012 in respect of dispensing was £965.7 million. This is a decrease of £46.8 million (4.6%) when compared to 2011.
- The number of prescription items for 2012 was 96.6 million. This is an increase of 2.8 million (3.0%) compared to 2011. The number of prescription items for 2011 was 93.8 million. This was an increase of 2.8 million (3.1%) compared to 2010.
Cancer Waiting Times to December 2012
In the period October – December 2012:
- Across Scotland, 95.8% of patients started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer, an increase from 94.0% during the period July - September 2012.
- 98.1% of patients started treatment within 31 days of decision to treat, regardless of the route of referral, which is an increase from 97.6% in the period July - September 2012.
- 99.8% of the patients that were urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer from the breast screening programme were seen within 62 days of referral. Amongst patients that were urgently referred from the cervical screening programme, 94.4% were seen within the standard of 62 days, while of patients urgently referred from the colorectal screening programme, 91.8% were seen within 62 days.
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times
- In October - December 2012, of the 10,875 people who started their first drug and/or alcohol treatment, 92.1% had waited 3 weeks or less, compared to 91.5% in the previous quarter.
- 92.0% of the 7,043 people who started alcohol treatment between October and December 2012 had waited 3 weeks or less, compared to 92.1% in the previous quarter.
- 92.2% of the 3,832 people who attended an appointment for drug treatment waited 3 weeks or less, compared to 90.4% in the previous quarter.
- Of the 2,583 people who were still waiting to start drug or alcohol treatment, 108 people, or 4.2%, had waited more than 6 weeks at the end of December 2012, compared to 84 people, or 2.3% in the previous quarter.
Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds information
- There were around 370,000 acute inpatient and day case discharges in the quarter ending December 2012. This is an increase of around 2.4% from the same quarter of the previous year
- The total number of outpatient attendances in the quarter ending December 2012 was around 1,171,500. This is an increase of around 1.8% on the quarter ending December 2011.
- The number of available staffed beds in acute specialties was recorded as 16,085 in the quarter ending December 2012. This is a reduction of 1.6% from 16,340 beds in December 2011.
- The rate of emergency bed days per 1,000 patients aged 75 and over reduced by 7.2% from 5,393 in 2009/10 to a 5,003 in 2011/12.
Dental Statistics - Registrations and Participation
- The level of the Scottish population (all ages) registered with an NHS GDS dentist was 79.8%, up from 78.0 % at 31st March 2012.
- Among mainland NHS boards, Dumfries & Galloway and Greater Glasgow & Clyde had the highest level of children registered (89.2%), while Ayrshire & Arran had the highest level of adults registered (83.9%); Ayrshire & Arran also had the highest level of total population registered (84.9%).
- Among mainland NHS boards, Grampian had the lowest level of children (77.1%), adults (56.0%) and total population (60.2%) registered.
- Nationally, the rate of participation in NHS General Dental Services among registered patients over the last 2 years was 87.5% for children, 77.1% for adults and 79.3% for all registered patients; these results are very similar to those of March 2012 (87.4%, 77.4% and 79.6% respectively).
- Participation rates for children were highest in Borders (92.5%) and lowest in Shetland (85.6%), while rates for adults were highest in Borders (86.4%) and lowest in Orkney (69.5%); rates for all registered patients were highest in Borders (87.9%) and lowest in Western Isles (74.4%).
Scottish Drug Misuse Database - overview of new individuals assessed
- In 2011/12, 11,380 individuals received a specialist assessment of their drug use care needs, which equates to a rate of 230 per 100,000 of the Scottish population. This compares with a rate of 238 (11,696) reported in 2010/11.
- Of those reporting illicit drug use in the last month (7,875 individuals), 55% reported using heroin. This compares to 63% in 2010/11.
- Of those under the age of 25 who reported illicit drug use in the last month, 34% reported using heroin. This is a drop from 44% reported in 2010/11.
- Twenty-two per cent of all individuals (for whom information is available) reported that they had injected in the month prior to their initial assessment. Forty-seven per cent reported that they had never injected.
- Seven per cent of individuals reported that they had shared needles/syringes in the previous month.
- Of those individuals who had injected drugs in the past: 81% reported that they had been tested for Hepatitis B; 82% for Hepatitis C and 80% for HIV, prior to their initial assessment.
- Sixty-two per cent of individuals reported that a year or more had elapsed between the onset of problem drug use and their initial assessment. This is consistent with previous years.
22 March 2013
Childhood Immunisation Statistics, quarter and year ending December 2012
In Scotland immunisation uptake rates for children aged up to six years remain high and stable.
- At Scotland level, annual uptake rates by 24 months of age for primary courses of immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio & Hib (DTP/Pol/Hib), MenC and PCV remain high and stable at around 96% to 98%. Uptake rates have exceeded the 95% target for the last decade.
- Annual uptake of the first dose of MMR vaccine by 24 months of age reached 95.0% for the first time (the previous annual figure was 94.0%). Uptake rates by 24 months of age have continued to be above 90% since calendar year 2006. Annual uptake of the first dose of MMR by five years of age is 96.9% (the previous annual figure was 96.4%). MMR uptake rates by five years have remained above the 95% target since calendar year 2009.
- Uptake of the PCV booster vaccine by 24 months of age increased to 95.4% in 2012 (94.1% in 2011). This is the first time uptake of the PCV booster has reached and exceeded 95% since its introduction to the routine immunisation schedule in September 2006
26 February 2013
Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Times
- During the quarter ending 31 December 2012, the proportion of new and unplanned attendances at all A&E services across Scotland that were seen and discharged within 4 hours was; 94.4% October, 93.5% November and 90.3% December.
- In December 2012 four NHS Boards achieved the waiting time standard of 98% of patients admitted, transferred or discharged from A&E within 4 hours.
- In the 12 months to December 2012, the average Emergency Department attendance rate was 2,188 per 100,000 population. The HEAT target for March 2014 is to reduce this figure to 2,095 per 100,000 population.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply.
- Data show that a headcount of 1055 clinical staff (898.2 wte) were working in CAMHS in Scotland as at 31st December 2012; this is an increase of 1.4 % in staff in post wte since 30th September 2012 (1.2% for headcount). From December 2011 it is an increase of 6.6% wte (7.2% headcount).
- Nationally, this represents a staffing level of 17.1 wte clinical workers per 100,000 of the population of Scotland.
- NHSScotland CAMHS vary in the age of population served. In some areas services are provided up to age 16 only; while others offer services up to 18 years. This has significant implications for workforce requirements. See Table 2 in the full publication report for details.
- From 1st April 2012 NHS Dumfries & Galloway CAMHS substance misuse mental health workers (headcount =5) sit within a separate subteam; Child and Adolescent substance service, CAS.
- From 1st April 2012, as part of the new Highland Lead Agency structure, CAMHS Primary Mental Health Workers are Highland Council employees, not NHS Scotland.
As at 31st December 2012, an additional 52.4 wte posts throughout NHS Scotland CAMHS were between being advertised and being filled. A further 23.5 wte posts were approved for recruitment but not yet advertised.
- Unintentional injuries accounted for approximately 1 in 7 emergency hospital admissions for children and 1 in 10 for adults in Scotland in 2011/2012.
- There were 54,427 emergency admissions to hospital in Scotland for unintentional injuries in 2011/12. This is a slight decrease of approximately 1% on the previous year.
- There were 1,657 deaths in Scotland in 2011 due to unintentional injury, 16 in children under the age of 15 and 1,641 in adults aged 15 years of age and over.
- There were over 32,000 emergency admissions to hospital due to falls in Scotland in 2011/12. This represents approximately 60% of the total number of emergency admissions to hospital due to unintentional injuries.
- Children and adults in the most deprived areas are more likely than those in the least deprived areas to have an emergency admission to hospital for an unintentional injury.
Improving ethnic data collection for equality and diversity monitoring
- For Scotland as a whole there has been substantial improvement in the recording of ethnic group. Over the last two years completeness of recording has increased from just under 50% to 75% for acute hospital discharges and has risen from just over 30% to 60% for new outpatients.
- Recording of ethnicity varies widely among Boards and remains relatively low in some boards: in the quarter ending September 2012 completeness of recording ranged from 23% to almost 100% for both acute inpatient and day case records.
- Ethnic group recording for some Boards may have been affected by the implementation of the new NHS Patient Management System (PMS).
Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Services
- In total there were 808 (682.4 wte) Clinical & Other Applied Psychologists employed in NHSScotland as at 31st December 2012. This is an increase of 5.5% headcount (+42hc), and an increase of 6.1% wte (+39.3 wte) from 31st December 2011.
- This total of 808 (682.4 wte) equates to 745 (627.3 wte) Clinical Psychologists plus 63 (55.1 wte) Other Applied Psychologists. This represents a national staffing level of 1 wte Applied Psychologist per 7,700 of the general population of Scotland.
- Psychology services increasingly employ a skill-mix of staff. Graduates of the MSc in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (54.6 wte), Graduates of the MSc in the Applied Psychology of Children and Young People (22.7 wte), assistant psychologists (50 wte), cognitive behavioural therapists (38.8 wte), counsellors (30.9 wte), other therapists (10.2 wte), and other clinical staff (13.8 wte), were employed in NHSScotland psychology services as at 31st December 2012.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times
- Waiting times information for CAMH services is still at an early stage of development. NHS Boards are working with ISD and the Scottish Government to improve the consistency and completeness of the information. The target is due for delivery from March 2013.
- To report on CAMHS waiting times, NHS Boards have had to develop, for the first time, systems to report on CAMHS waiting times.
- During the quarter ending December 2012, almost 3,200 children and young people started treatment at CAMH services in Scotland.
- The initial estimates from data at an early stage of development indicate that around 91% of people were seen within 26 weeks.
18 Weeks Referral to Treatment Waiting Times
- In December 2012, 90.9% of patient journeys for which an 18 Weeks Referral To Treatment (18 Weeks RTT) waiting time could be measured were reported as being within 18 weeks. The figures for October and November 2012 were 90.8% and 90.4%, respectively.
- In December 2012, a total of 98,313 patient journeys eligible under the 18 Weeks RTT target were identified. The waiting time could be measured for 90,580 of these patients (92.1%). It was not possible to calculate the waiting time fully for 7,733 patients. NHS Boards are in the process of fully implementing upgrades to their systems to improve the data collection.
- This target was due to be delivered from 31 December 2011. This target should be delivered for 90% of patients, allowing for example, the small proportion of cases where it is not clinically appropriate for the patient to be seen and treated within 18 weeks and also to take account of any exceptional increase in demand for secondary care services.
Stage of treatment (previously known as New Ways)
Post 01 October 2012:
- During the quarter ending 31 December 2012, 7 of 58,070 patients seen waited beyond treatment time guarantee of 12 weeks.
Pre 01 October 2012:
- The information contained within this report on patients added to the list prior to 01 October 2012 is not directly comparable with any previous report.
- As at 31 December 2012, the total number of new outpatients (all sources of referral) added to the list prior to 01 October 2012 still waiting to be seen is 20,007.
- During quarter ending 31 December 2012, 89.5% of new outpatients seen (all sources of referral) had waited less than 12 weeks.
- As at 31 December 2012, the total number of inpatients and day cases added to the list prior to 01 October 2012 still waiting to be seen is 5,967.
- During quarter ending 31 December 2012, 82.5% of inpatients and day cases admitted had waited less than 9 weeks.
Diagnostics Waiting Times
At 31 December 2012:
- Approximately 41 000 patients were waiting for one of eight key diagnostic tests in NHS Scotland.
- 94.1% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test were waiting no longer than six weeks.
Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in humans in 2011
- In 2011, the use of systemic antibacterials in primary care (items/1000 population/day) was 3.4% higher than in 2010, corresponding to an increase of 162 000 prescription items. However there was a continued reduction in the use of broad spectrum antibacterials associated with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI); cephalosporins 23.8%; combination penicillins (mainly co-amoxiclav) 17.7% and fluoroquinolones 10.8%.
- Overall, 32% of the Scottish population had at least one antibacterial item dispensed in
2011; 8.2% had =3 items and 2.2% had =6 items dispensed. The use of antibacterials increased in all age groups from 2010 to 2011 with the greatest increase in the age groups 0-4 years (4.1%), 5-14 years (5.7%) and =80 years (5.2%).
- Antibacterial use in secondary care (hospitals) is now reported for 10 NHS boards covering 81% of the population. In 2011, the total use of systemic antibacterials in secondary care was 1.7% higher (DDD/1000/day) than in 2010. The use of broad- spectrum antibacterials associated with CDI was 0.4% higher in 2011 in hospitals; which included reductions in cephalosporins (11.2%) and fluoroquinolones (6.0%) and increases in co-amoxiclav (6.7%) and clindamycin (1.7%).
- In 2011, the number of cases of E. coli bacteraemia was 3839 which is 10% higher than in 2009. The increase does not seem to have been driven by resistant strains as resistance to key antimicrobials is decreasing; including a decreasing trend in cephalosporin resistance reaching frequencies of 8-9% in 2011, the lowest since 2008.
- The decreasing trends (and stable in some instances) in resistance to key antimicrobials among the Scottish Gram-negative organisms, including E. coli, K. pneumoniae and P. aeruginosa described in this report, should be seen in the light of Europe-wide increases in antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negatives.
- In 2011, extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producers among E. coli (6.5%)
and K. pneumoniae (7.0%) were at the lowest frequencies since 2008.
- Among Gram-positive organisms antimicrobial resistance trends are generally stable or decreasing. An exception is the increasing frequency of vancomycin resistance among isolates of E. faecium which reached 27.6% in 2011, above what is reported for the UK (8.9%), and only exceeded in Europe by Ireland (34.9%).
- Since 2008 there has been an 18% increase in the use of carbapenems in Scotland despite initiatives to restrict the use of this group of agents. Carbapenem resistance among Gram-negative organisms is still rare, but has now been reported from nearly all parts of Scotland. This highlights the need for measures to preserve the effectiveness of carbapenems for the future.
Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios - Quarterly Statistics
- HSMR at Scotland-level has decreased by 12.4% between October to December 2007 and July to September 2012.
- Twenty seven (87%) of the 31 hospitals participating in the SPSP have shown a reduction in HSMR since October to December 2007 (end of the baselineyear).
- HSMRs in Scotland are not directly comparable to similar measures adopted elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland - figures from January 2013 census
- Approximately 125,000 bed days were occupied by delayed discharge patients in NHS Scotland during the quarter October to December 2012.
- At the January 2013 census there were 57 patients delayed for over 6 weeks. This compares with 95 at the October 2012 census and 54 at the January 2012 census.
- At the January 2013 census, 174 patients were delayed over 4 weeks and 325 patients were delayed over 2 weeks
Workforce (comprising: Staff in post, Staff Turnover and Vacancies (Consultant, Nursing and Midwifery and AHP))
- The total WTE staff in post (excluding GPs & GDs) as at 31st December 2012 is 132,541.5, compared to 131,845.2 as at 30th September 2012. This is an increase of 0.5% (696.4 WTE). The corresponding headcount as at 30th December 2012 is 155,781, compared to 155,281 as at 30th September 2012, which is an increase of 0.3% (500 headcount).
- As at 31st December 2012, total Nursing and Midwifery WTE staff in post increased by 0.6% (345.0 WTE) from 56,263.5 as at 30th September 2012, to 56,608.5. The headcount for all Scotland Nursing and Midwifery staff as at 31st December 2012 is 65,610. This is an increase of 0.4% (230 headcount) compared to 65,380 as at 30th September 2012.
- Across all specialties, the number of Hospital, Community and Public Health Services (HCHS) Medical and Dental staff in post as at 31st December 2012 is 12,003.3 (WTE), compared to 11,943.9 (WTE) as at 30th September 2012. This is a WTE increase of 0.5% (59.4). HCHS headcount increased by 0.8% (103) to 13,420 in December 2012 compared to 13,317 in September 2012.
- As at 31st December 2012, the WTE of Consultants in post is 4,494.3, compared to 4,476.2 at 30th September 2012. This is an increase of 0.4% (18.2 WTE). The corresponding headcount for Consultants in post increased by 0.5% (22 headcount) from 4,763 as at 30th September 2012 to 4,785 as at 31st December 2012.
- The WTE of Allied Health Professions (AHP) staff in post increased by 1.0 % (89.6) from 9,422.3 as at 30th September 2012 to 9,511.8 as at 31st December 2012. The headcount of AHPs as at 31st December 2012 is 11,503, which is an increase of 0.9% (108 headcount) from 11,395 as at 30th September 2012.
- The number of Administrative Services staff in post as at 31st December 2012 is 24,222.2 (WTE), compared to 24,137.1 as at 30th September 2012. This is an increase of 0.4% (85.1 WTE). Similarly, the headcount of Administrative Services staff in post increased by 0.2% (68 headcount) to 28,227 as at 31st December 2012, compared to 28,159 (headcount) as at 30th September 2012.
- Support Services staff in post as at 31st December 2012 is 13,708.1 (WTE), compared to 13,703.3 as at 30th September 2012. This is an increase of 4.8 WTE. The headcount of support services staff as at 31st December 2012 is 18,732, which is a decrease of 8 headcount from 18,740 since 30th September 2012.
- NHS Highland and The Highland Council are working towards developing an integrated model for health and social care and will result in staff transferring between both organisations. As part of the February 2013 publication, 1,433 (headcount) and 1,099.6 (WTE) Highland Council staff are included within the overall table for data at 31st December 2012.
Audiology Waiting Times
- During the quarter ending December 2012, approximately 26 000 patients were seen by an audiology specialist following either referral to audiology assessment (first contact) or a one-stop clinic.
- Approximately half of patients seen by an audiology specialist between October and December 2012 had their assessment (first contact) appointment within 5 weeks of being referred and 86.2% within 12 weeks.
- Approximately half of patients were fitted with a hearing aid within 5 weeks of their assessment appointment and 92.6% within 12 weeks.
- For those sites which report on one-stop clinics, 81.2% of patients attended and were treated within 18 weeks (within 126 days) of their referral to that service.
To be published soon
Most ISD official statistics publications are released on the last Tuesday of the month
To be published: 28 May 2013
Dental Statistics - Fees and Treatments more
Rescheduled to: 25 June 2013
Waiting Times: comprising of 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment, Stage of Treatment (formerly New Ways), Diagnostic, Audiology more
Delayed Discharges in NHS Scotland - figures from April 2013 census more
Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHS Scotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within psychology services 2013 more
NHS Smoking Cessation Service Statistics (Scotland) 1st January to 31st December 2012 more
Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios - Quarterly Statistics more
Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times more
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times more
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHS Scotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply more
Drug related hospital statistics for 2011/12 more
Workforce - comprising Staff in Post, Staff Turnover, Vacancies more
Alcohol related hospital statistics for 2011/12 more
Dental Statistics - Registration and Participation more
Abortion Statistics, 2012 more
Detect Cancer Early Baseline more
To be published: 30 May 2013
Cardiac Rehabilitation in Scotland - year ending 31 March 2012 more
To be published: 25 June 2013
ScotPHO website annual section updates more
Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds information more
ScotPHO tobacco profiles more
See all forthcoming publications
Healthy Life Expectancy in Scotland: Update of trends to 2011
Original publication date: 18 December 2012
Rescheduled to: 27 August 2013
Contact: Alison Burlison, 0131 275 6216
Dental Statistics - Fees and Treatments
Original publication date: 28 May 2013
Rescheduled to: 25 June 2013
Contact: Stephen Goold, 0131 275 6316