A briefing on demand and performance for NHS services in England. Covers areas such as: A&E, waiting lists, delayed transfers of care, staffing levels, and demand for hospital services.Jump to full report >>
NHS Demand and Performance: Comparing 2016 and 2015 (click to view full-size)
The full PDF briefing paper looks at trends in the following areas:
Health is a devolved area. These statistics relate to the NHS in England only.
The ‘delayed transfers of care’ dataset identifies the number of patients who are in the wrong care setting for their current level of need. A delayed transfer occurs when a patient is ready to depart from their current care setting but is still occupying a bed. Delayed transfers have increased substantially over the past three years.
In 2016 there were 2.16 million ‘delayed days’ due to delayed transfers of care – an average of just under 6,000 each day. This was 23% higher than in 2015 and 56% higher than in 2011. Compared with 2015, delays where the NHS was at least partially responsible rose by 17%, while those at least partly due to social care organisations rose by 37%. Compared with 2011, delays with NHS responsibility rose by 52% and those due to social care rose by 65%.
The chart below illustrates the monthly trend since 2010, showing the average number of delays per day. Delays attributable to the NHS have been on an upward trend since 2010. Delays attributable to social care declined slightly between 2010 and 2014, but have since more than doubled.
The table below shows a breakdown of delayed transfers in 2016 by the reason for their delay. This data shows that most of the increase over the past year is because of people awaiting a care package in their own home, or awaiting nursing home placements. Delays in both of these categories have risen by over 40% in the last year alone, and have more than doubled over the last four years.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7281
Author: Carl Baker