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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?

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT), on behalf of the Scottish Government's Technology Enabled Care Programme, recently commissioned the Information Services Division (ISD) of NSS Scotland to bring together data to provide key intelligence to assist local planning, support transformation programmes and commissioning for Long Term Conditions in Scotland.

Complimenting previous work in this area, this new suite of reports , national projection tables and board projection tables, provides a much sharper focus by examining specific disease prevalence in the context of demographic change projections for the next 15 years.  The results are both informative and stark. They can be accessed at https://sctt.org.uk/programmes/home-and-mobile-monitoring/long-term-conditions/.

NHS Performs - Latest update

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 11 June 2017
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 12 June 2017

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.
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Latest Statistics

Published: 20 June 2017
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  • Over half (55.3%) of the 74,960 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks. This compares with 55.0% of patients during quarter ending 31 December 2016.
  • Nine out of ten patients were seen within 18 weeks.
  • 92,881 people were referred to AHP MSK services compared to 82,738 for the quarter ending 31 December 2016.
  • In the quarter ending 31 March 2017, 7.3% adults did not attend their out-patient appointment for AHP MSK services.
Published: 20 June 2017
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The Information Services Division has released data up to 31 March 2017 in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Benchmarking Toolkit. 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: 20 June 2017
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During the week ending 11 June 2017:

  • There were 25,832 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 95.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 46 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 6 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 13 June 2017
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  • In 2015/16 there were a total of 287 Injecting Equipment Provision outlets in Scotland, of which 219 (76%) were located in pharmacies, and the remaining 68 were part of other services (e.g. specialist drug treatment providers).
  • In 2015/16, nearly 328,000 attendances were reported by outlets, approximately the same as in 2014/15. Eight of 12 participating NHS Boards reported increases in attendances between 2014/15 and 2015/16, while decreases were reported by four NHS Boards.
  • Where gender of the client was reported, 79% of attendances were made by males.
  • Over 4.7 million needles and syringes were reported to have been distributed by participating outlets in 2015/16.
  • Nationally, it was estimated that an average of 77 needles and syringes were distributed per problem drug user in 2015/16.
  • The number of outlets distributing items of sterile injecting equipment other than needles and syringes has increased over time. In 2015/16, wipes or swabs and citric acid or vitamin C were most commonly distributed (approximately 4.5 million and 3.7 million items respectively).
Published: 13 June 2017
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Pain Clinics

  • Twelve out of fourteen NHS Boards provide pain clinics and submit data for patients attending their first appointment based on the 18 weeks referral to treatment (RTT) Standard.
  • During quarter ending 31 March 2017, there were 4,640 referrals to a pain clinic, a decrease from 4,771 referrals in the previous quarter. Out of these, 4,016 referrals were accepted.
  • Overall, the percentage of patients attending their first appointment at a chronic pain clinic within 18 weeks of referral has decreased over the last year.
  • Five of the twelve NHS Boards saw over nine out of ten patients within 18 weeks. NHS Lothian, NHS Orkney & NHS Shetland saw all their patients within 18 weeks. The remaining seven NHS Boards did not meet the standard.
  • 12.5% of patients did not attend their appointment and did not notify the hospital.

Pain Psychology Clinics

Ten NHS Boards provide this service:

  • Among the six Boards which can submit data for patients attending pain psychology clinics, 85.7% of the 273 patients attending their first appointment this quarter were seen within 18 weeks.
  • Due to the developmental nature of these data the figures for pain psychology clinics should be interpreted with caution.
Published: 13 June 2017
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The data extract is presented as downloadable text (.csv) file and covers practice level prescribing for the month of March 2017. A dashboard will also available to enable preview the data without downloading the large file. The data extract will also feed into existing dashboards which present historical data already published elsewhere on the ISD website (in the May 2017 Summary stats dashboard).

Published: 13 June 2017
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During the week ending 04 June 2017:

  • There were 27,829 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.2% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 112 patients (0.4%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 25 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 06 June 2017
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As at 31 March 2017:

  • The 162,598 staff employed by NHSScotland represents an increase of 0.6% over the last year. Adjusting for part time working, the WTE has risen by 0.7% to 139,430.9. The WTE has risen by 6.3% since March 2012, representing 5 years of consecutive growth. While the number of staff continues to increase, the annual rate of growth has slowed down in the last 2 years.
  • There were 5,189.2 WTE medical and dental consultants in post, representing an increase of 17.2% (761.5 WTE) over the last five years. While the number of consultants working in NHSScotland continues to increase, the annual rate of growth has decreased from 4.0% at 31 March 2016 to 1.4% at 31 March 2017.
  • 7.4% (415.7 WTE) of consultant posts were vacant. This compares to 6.5% at 31 March 2016. Of these vacancies, 204.3 WTE were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 38.2 WTE since last year.
  • There were 59,798.6 WTE nursing and midwifery staff in post, representing an increase of 0.7% in the last year (426.2 WTE). Following a reduction in staff during 2012, the WTE has risen by 5.9% (3,331.3 WTE), representing 5 years of consecutive growth. While the number of staff continues to increase, the annual rate of growth has slowed down in the last 2 years.
  • Nursing and midwifery vacancies have increased by 27.5% since March 2016 to 2,818.9 WTE. Of these vacancies, 670.6 WTE were vacant for 3 months or more, an increase of 227.5 WTE since 31 March 2016. The total number of vacancies is the highest ever reported by ISD but this is partly due to improved recording.
  • The sickness absence rate for NHSScotland in 2016/17 was 5.20%, a slight increase from 5.16% in 2015/16. Over the last ten years, the national rate has continued to exceed the current national standard of 4%, fluctuating between a high of 5.55% in 2006/07 to a low of 4.63% in 2011/12.
  • NHSScotland spent a total of 166.5 million on nursing and midwifery bank and agency staff during the latest financial year. This represents an increase of 8.4 million (5.3%) in comparison to 2015/16. The majority of this spend was on bank staff (142 million, an increase of 5.5% on the previous year) with the remaining spend on agency staff (24.5 million, up 4.4%).
Published: 06 June 2017
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  • At 31 March 2017, 1,097.3 WTE (1,315 headcount) clinical staff were in post within psychology services in NHSScotland. This is an increase of around 169% since data collection began in 2001. However growth has slowed over the last two years, increasing by 2.8% over this period. (see Figure 1).
  • Clinical psychologists remain the largest staff group within this workforce with 727.0 WTE in post at this census compared to 311.0 WTE at 30 September 2001 an increase of 133.8% However, growth has slowed over the last two years, with the WTE of this staff group increasing by 2.2% (see Figure 1).
  • At 31 March 2017, 82.2 WTE posts were in the process of being advertised, equating to a 7.0% vacancy rate. This rate declined from September 2011 to September 2014 and has remained steady since then.
  • Since 2001, there have been 719 successful graduates of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, of which 69.8% are currently employed within NHSScotland Psychology Services.
Published: 06 June 2017
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  • Since this data collection began in 2006 there has been a 51.2% increase in the CAMHS workforce from 653.7 WTE (741 headcount) to 988.6 WTE (1,152 headcount) as at 31 March 2017. The majority of this expansion occurred prior to 31 March 2015 and there has been minimal change in the CAMHS workforce in the last two years (a small rise of 0.8% WTE).
  • At 31 March 2017 the average staffing level within NHSScotland CAMHS was 90.5 WTE staff per 100,000 population aged 0 - 18. This figure varies considerably across NHS Boards.
  • At 31 March 2017 there were 81 individuals undertaking education aimed at supplying the CAMHS workforce. 33 of these are on a CAMHS aligned Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • At 31 March 2017, 42.3 WTE (4.1%) posts were vacant and in the process of being advertised. This rate has remained steady since 2011.
Published: 06 June 2017
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  • 4,333 children and young people started treatment at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Scotland which is similar to the previous quarter (4,331) but a decrease from quarter ending March 2016 (4,496).
  • Over eight out of 10 (83.6%) children and young people were seen within 18 weeks and half started their treatment within ten weeks. This compares with 82.5% in the previous quarter and 84.4% for the quarter ending March 2016.
  • The 18 week standard was met by ten NHS Boards (NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Highland, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Tayside and NHS Western Isles).
  • Across Scotland, over one in nine (11.8%) patients referred to CAMHS did not attend their first appointment, this compares with 11.9% in the previous quarter and 12.1% in the quarter ending March 2016.
Published: 06 June 2017
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  • 11,208 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies in Scotland which is a decrease from the previous quarter (11,393).
  • Over seven out of ten (73.7%) patients were seen within 18 weeks which compares with 77.5% in the previous quarter.
  • Three NHS Boards met the standard of treating 90% of patients referred within 18 weeks - these were NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Western Isles. Please see background notes for information relating to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
  • 604 people aged 65 and over started treatment for Psychological Therapies in this quarter and 79.8% were seen within 18 weeks which is an increase from the previous quarter (593).
Published: 06 June 2017
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  • In April 2017, 40,925 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed.
  • This is equivalent to an average of 1,364 beds occupied per day in April 2017. In March, the daily average was 1,338.
  • At the April 2017 census point, there were 1,377 people delayed.
  • Of these, 1,085 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (713), followed by complex needs (328) then patient and family-related reasons (44).

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