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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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Estimating the Prevalence of Problem Drug Use in Scotland in 2015/16

ISD’s Consultancy Services Team are currently undertaking the latest three yearly national drug prevalence study, incorporating data from drug treatment services, hospitals, the police and criminal justice social work. Further detail on the study is available on the drug misuse web pages.

NHS Performs - Latest update

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.

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 10 September 2017
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 11 September 2017

Recently a user engagement survey was carried out and the results can be found in the NHS Performs User Survey Report.

Following on from the results of the user engagement survey, user feedback has been taken on board and the following updates have been implemented to the NHS Performs website:

  • The addition of 11 new hospitals
  • New indicator data from the Inpatient Experience Survey
  • Cosmetic changes to improve navigation and readability of data
  • Improved background information

[19 September 2017]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 19 September 2017
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Treatment - Children

  • Between 2000/01 and 2016/17 the number of fillings undertaken steadily decreased from around 775,000 to around 338,000.
  • Similarly, the number of teeth extracted decreased overall from over 133,000 in 2000/01 to less than 90,000 in 2016/17.
  • A third (33%) of the claimable dental treatments provided to children were given under Childsmile programme in 2016/17. These include fluoride varnish application, toothbrushing instruction, and diet advice.
  • In 2016/17, the number of claimable courses of treatment given to children was around 506,000, slightly less than recent years.

Treatment - Adults

  • Since 2007/08, the number of courses of treatment given to adults has risen sharply, year on year, from nearly 3 million to over 4.1 million in 2016/17, the highest figure reported. This may be due to increasing numbers of patients participating in GDS.
  • Around a third (31%) of the treatments claimed for adults were for examinations or provision of a care and treatment summary report.

Fees

  • In 2016/17, around 289 million in GDS fees were authorised in Scotland, an increase of 3.5 million (1.2%) from 2015/16.
  • GDS fees have increased each year since 2003/04, although the rate of increase has slowed in recent years.
  • When adjusted for inflation, GDS fees increased each year from 2004/05 until 2010/11, and have since stabilised.
Published: 19 September 2017
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  • Over half (54.8%) of the 80,893 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks.
  • Nine out of ten patients were seen within 17 weeks from services that reported.
  • 103,168 people were referred to AHP MSK services.
  • In the quarter ending 30 June 2017, 7.6% adults did not attend their out-patient appointment for AHP MSK services.
Published: 19 September 2017
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During the week ending 10 September 2017:

  • There were 26,572 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 171 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 31 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 12 September 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 30 June 2017, 4,724 referrals to a pain clinic were reported, an increase from the 4,640 referrals reported in the previous quarter. Out of these, 4,317 referrals were accepted.
  • Just over seven in ten (72.2%) of the 2,618 patients seen attended their first appointment within 18 weeks, compared with 67.0% in the previous quarter.
  • Six of the twelve NHS Boards saw nine out of ten patients within 18 weeks, including NHS Lothian, NHS Orkney & NHS Shetland who saw all their patients within 18 weeks. The remaining six 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

Due to the developmental nature of these data should be interpreted with caution. Ten NHS Boards provide Pain Psychology Clinics, but only six can provide data. For this quarter, NHS Ayrshire & Arran were not able to provide any data, once supplied this information will be updated. Therefore, no comparisons with previous quarters are provided.

Based on data from five NHS Boards:

  • Six out of ten (61.2%) of the 268 patients attending their first appointment were seen within 18 weeks.
  • There were 429 referrals to a pain psychology clinic.
Published: 12 September 2017
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  • 65.3% of newly diagnosed patients had contact with a MS Specialist Nurse within 10 days of diagnosis.
  • Once a referral was received by the MS Specialist Nurse, 93% of the patients were contacted within 10 days, an improvement of 4 percentage points since 2015.
  • In 2016, 490 new patients with a confirmed diagnosis of MS were added to the MS Register. This brings the total number of newly diagnosed people reported over the seven year period to 3,243.
  • The annual incidence shows that more than twice as many women than men were diagnosed with MS.
  • In line with previous findings, the average annual incidence of MS in the six most northern NHS Boards is greater than the average for the eight southern NHS Boards.
Published: 12 September 2017
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The data extract is presented as downloadable text (.csv) file and covers practice level prescribing for the month of June 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 August 2017 Summary stats dashboard).

Published: 12 September 2017
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During the week ending 03 September 2017:

  • There were 27,170 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 93.6% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 84 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 16 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 05 September 2017
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  • The percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) who were recorded as screened adequately within the specified period was 73.4%.
  • Uptake was higher in areas of lower deprivation. Uptake for women aged 25 to 64 in the least deprived areas was 78.3% compared with 67.4% in the most deprived areas.
  • Cervical screening uptake is highest in HPV vaccinated women across ages 21-25 when compared to non-vaccinated women. This may be partly due to immunised women being more aware of the risks involved following the education received during the immunisation programme.
  • In 2016-17, 417,267 cervical screening tests were processed. Of all tests processed, 97.2% were of satisfactory quality i.e. there were enough cells in the sample.
  • Of the satisfactory quality tests, 91.5% had a negative (normal) result, 7.5% had a low grade cell change and the remaining 1.0% had high grade cell changes.
Published: 05 September 2017
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In primary care and sexual health settings combined:

  • LARC prescribing rates remained stable over the reporting period with 52.4 per 1,000 women prescribed LARC in 2016/17.
  • The most common method of LARC was the contraceptive implant: prescribing rates were 27.9 per 1,000 women compared to 18.5 for the intrauterine system (IUS) and 6.0 for the intrauterine device (IUD).
  • Younger women were more likely to be prescribed the contraceptive implant: prescribing rates were 38.2 per 1,000 women aged under 20.
  • Older women were more likely to be prescribed the IUS: prescribing rates were 22.9 per 1,000 women aged 45 and over.
Published: 05 September 2017
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As at 30 June 2017:

  • The 162,192 staff employed by NHSScotland represents an increase of 0.5% over the last year. Adjusting for part time working, the WTE has risen by 0.6% to 138,931.4. The WTE has risen by 5.7% since June 2012, representing 5 years of consecutive growth. However, the annual growth rates in each of these years were 1.5%, 1.9%, 1.1%, 0.5% and 0.6% showing that growth has slowed in recent years.
  • 8.5% (476.4 WTE) of consultant posts were vacant. This compares to 7.5% at 30 June 2016. Of these vacancies, 228.9 WTE were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 40.2 WTE over the past year.
  • There were 59,377.9 WTE nursing and midwifery staff in post, representing an increase of 0.3% in the last year (189.2 WTE). The WTE has risen by 5.7% (3,194.3 WTE) since 2012, representing 5 years of consecutive growth. However, the annual rate of growth has slowed down in the last 2 years.
  • 5.2% (3,231.6 WTE) of nursing and midwifery posts were vacant. This compares to 4.2% at 30 June 2016. Of these vacancies, 952.8 WTE were vacant for 3 months or more, an increase of 354.1 WTE over the past year.
Published: 05 September 2017
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  • At 30 June 2017, 1,118.5 WTE (1,346 headcount) clinical staff were in post within Psychology Services in NHSScotland. This is an increase of around 174% since data collection began in 2001. The rate of growth in the workforce had slowed between 2014 and 2016 but has increased in the last three quarters, showing an increase of 5.6% overall since 30 September 2016.
  • Clinical psychologists remained the largest staff group within this workforce with 735.6 WTE in post at this census compared to 311.0 WTE at 30 September 2001 an increase of 136.5%. The rate of growth in this staff group had also slowed in recent years but has increased since 30 September 2016.
  • At 30 June 2017, 92.3 WTE posts were in the process of being advertised, equating to a 7.6% vacancy rate. The vacancy rate for all professional groups has increased slightly over the last 3 quarters.
  • Since 2001, there have been 726 successful graduates of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, of which 70.4% are currently employed within NHSScotland Psychology Services.
Published: 05 September 2017
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  • Since this data collection began in 2006 there has been a 53.6% increase in the CAMHS workforce from 653.7 WTE (741 headcount) to 1004.1 WTE (1,169 headcount) as at 30 June 2017. In the last two years growth has slowed, however the workforce has increased by 3% in the last two quarters.
  • At 30 June 2017 the average staffing level within NHSScotland CAMHS was 91.9 WTE staff per 100,000 population aged 0 - 18. This figure varies considerably across NHS Boards.
  • As at 30 June 2017 there were 80 individuals undertaking education aimed at supplying the CAMHS workforce. 31 of these are on a CAMHS aligned Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • At 30 June 2017, 46.4 WTE (4.4%) posts were vacant and in the process of being advertised. This rate has remained steady since 2011.
Published: 05 September 2017
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  • 4,092 children and young people started treatment at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Scotland which is a decrease from the previous quarter (4,333) and from quarter ending June 2016 (4,736).
  • Eight out of 10 (80.7%) children and young people were seen within 18 weeks and half started their treatment within eleven weeks. This compares with 83.6% in the previous quarter and 77.7% for the quarter ending June 2016.
  • The 18 week standard was met by eight NHS Boards (NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles).
  • Across Scotland, one in nine (12.2%) patients referred to CAMHS did not attend their first appointment, this compares with 11.8% in the previous quarter and 13.0% in the quarter ending June 2016.
Published: 05 September 2017
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Based on the available data for the quarter ending June 2017:

  • 12,028 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies - had the data submissions been complete, it is estimated that around 15,300 people would have started treatment.
  • Around three quarters (72.4%) of patients were seen within 18 weeks - had the data submissions been complete it is estimated that 77.9% of patients would have been seen within 18 weeks.
  • One NHS Board (NHS Western Isles) met the standard of treating 90% of patients referred within 18 weeks.
  • Improving access to services for older people is a key element of the mental health strategy. Based on available data, 810 people aged 65 and over started treatment for Psychological Therapies in this quarter of which 82.0% were seen within 18 weeks.
Published: 05 September 2017
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The Adult Mental Health Benchmarking Toolkit aims to improve Mental Health Services by using benchmarking to understand and compare services and their outcomes and to promote best practice. The toolkit is primarily adult focused based on General Psychiatry and Psychiatry of Old Age specialties, and excludes Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Learning Disabilities and Forensic Psychiatry services. However, for certain indicators data are not available at an adult only level and may pertain to the wider Mental Health service. It contains information on financial, prescribing, workforce and psychiatric hospital activity.

Published: 05 September 2017
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The toolkit provides a mechanism for monitoring and tracking change and improvement over time in respect of dementia services in Scotland. The toolkit contains data on prescribing, Quality and Outcomes Framework, hospital activity and care homes up to 31 March 2016.

Published: 05 September 2017
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  • In July 2017, 40,791 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed. This compares with 43,919 days in July 2016.
  • The average number of beds occupied per day in July 2017 was 1,316. In June, the daily average was 1,308.
  • At the July 2017 census point, there were 1,303 people delayed. This compares with 1,396 at the census point in July 2016.
  • Of those delayed at the July 2017 census, 1,063 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (729), followed by complex needs (293) then patient and family-related reasons (41).
Published: 05 September 2017
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during July 2017 was 25,188, a decrease of 3.2% from 26,018 during July 2016.
  • 2,075 operations (8.2% of planned operations) were cancelled in July 2017, ranging from 5.2% to 10.4% except for NHS Western Isles who were 25.4% (20 operations) due to problems with equipment. This compares to 2,318 (8.9%) in July 2016.
  • Of all planned operations: 849 (3.4%) were cancelled by the patient; 775 (3.1%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons; 404 (1.6%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 46 (0.2%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
Published: 05 September 2017
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During July 2017:

  • There were 137,635 attendances at A&E services in Scotland.
  • 95.7% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.
  • 278 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 27 (0%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 24.2% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
Published: 05 September 2017
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During the week ending 27 August 2017:

  • There were 26,862 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 83 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 10 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

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