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01 September 2015

expand menu  Workforce - Quarterly update of Staff in Post, Vacancies and Turnover

  • There has been an increase of 4.2% (5,506.8 WTE) in the total NHSScotland workforce since June 2011.
  • At 30 June 2015, NHSScotland had a headcount of 160,635 staff, equivalent to 137,420.7 whole time staff (WTE), increases of 1.0% and 1.1% respectively since 30 June 2014.
  • Of the overall increase in staff of 1,540.0 WTE between June 2014 and June 2015, the biggest increase was seen in nursing and midwifery (611.4 WTE).
  • The number of consultants in post increased by 5.4% (252.7 WTE) to 4,943.0 WTE between June 2014 and June 2015.
  • Combined nursing and midwifery vacancies increased by 390.6 WTE from June 2014 to 2,255.9 WTE in June 2015, a rate of 3.7%.
  • At 30 June 2015, 8.3% (447.5 WTE) of consultant posts were vacant, an increase from the rate of 6.9% at June 2014. Of these, 188.0 WTE were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 95.1 WTE on June 2014.

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expand menu  Scottish Cervical Screening Programme Statistics 2014-2015

  • Of those eligible, 70.4% of women in Scotland took up the invitation to be screened in the previous 3.5 years at 31 March 2015.
  • In 2014-15, 397,673 cervical screening tests were processed, an increase of 3.5% compared to 2013-14. Of all tests processed, 97.3% were of satisfactory quality e.g. there were enough cells in the sample.
  • Of those, 91.0% of tests had a negative (normal) result, 7.7% had a low grade cell change and the remaining 1.3% had high grade cell changes.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during July 2015 was 28,569;
  • Of these, 2,605 (9.1%) operations were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, with individual NHS boards ranging from 5.0% to 13.1%. This compares with a cancellation rate of 8.9% in June;
  • Of all planned operations, 414 (1.4%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or other non-clinical reasons and 1,078 (3.8%) were cancelled by the patient. These are similar to June’s figures.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

In the month of July 2015:

  • There were 131,948 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 95.8% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 402 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the A&E department
  • 74 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the A&E department.
  • 25% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
  • The number of A&E attendances for July 2015 was the lowest recorded level of A&E activity for July in the past 5 years. This is partly due to service reconfiguration in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

For the year ending July 2015:

  • The total number of attendances was 1,606,112. This is 1.6% lower than the previous year (1,632,245).
  • The percentage discharged within four hours was 92.1%, lower than the previous year’s value of 93.7%.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics , 1 September Release

During the week ending 23 August 2015:

  • There were 25,795 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 95.3% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 35 (0.1%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • No patient spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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25 August 2015

expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the Workforce supply

  • There has been an increase in the CAMHS workforce from 883 headcount (764.6 WTE) in 2009 to 1134 headcount (979.5 WTE) as at 30 June 2015. This is due to the Scottish Government committing central funding to expand the CAMHS workforce of NHSScotland.
  • Total clinical staff within CAMHS has increased 28% since 2009.
  • The headcount has remained relatively stable over the past year. At 30 June 2015 there were 1134 clinical staff. Nationally, this represents a staffing level of 18.3 WTE clinical workers per 100,000 of the population of Scotland.
  • An additional 42.5 WTE posts throughout NHSScotland CAMHS were between being advertised and being filled. A further 10.3 WTE posts were approved for recruitment but not yet advertised.

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expand menu  Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Services

  • The total number of clinical staff employed in Psychology Services continues to rise, with 1273 staff (1073.4 WTE) including 900 (753.6 WTE) Clinical and Other Applied Psychologists in post at 30 June 2015.
  • There has been a significant increase in Clinical and Other Applied Psychologists employed in Psychology Services workforce over the last 12 years, increasing from 371.0 WTE (426 headcount) in 2003 to 753.6 WTE (900 headcount) at 30 June 2015.
  • This total of 753.6 WTE (900 headcount) equates to 695.1 WTE (832 headcount) Clinical Psychologists plus 58.5 WTE (68 headcount) Other Applied Psychologists. This represents a staffing level of 14.1 WTE Applied Psychologists per 100,000 of the population of Scotland.
  • The total of 1273 staff also includes Graduates of the MSc in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (66.4 WTE), Graduates of the MSc in the Applied Psychology of Children and Young People (43.5 WTE), Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (54.5 WTE), Counsellors (25.3 WTE), other therapists (15.2 WTE), and other clinical staff (27.4 WTE).
  • An additional 65.7 WTE posts were in the process of being advertised and filled at 30 June 2015. A further 10.1 WTE posts were approved for recruitment but not yet advertised.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

Hospital Bed Days associated with delays in discharge in June 2015

  • In June 2015, there were 45,356 days spent in hospital associated with delays in discharge; this is 3.3% reduction on the previous month (46,890), continuing a downward trend. Nationally, 20% of these beddays are for patients with specific complex care needs; this varies significantly by NHS Board.
  • Over 70% of delayed discharge bed days were among patients aged 75 and over.

Patients ready for discharge as at July 2015 census

  • 1,124 patients were delayed as at the July 2015 census. This is a 10% reduction compared to July 2014 (1,249). Around one quarter of these delays (295) are for patients with specific complex care needs – the lowest since January 2014. The remaining 829 were standard delays.
  • At the census point, there were 463 patients who were experiencing a delay of more than two weeks - an 11% reduction on July 2014 (518).
  • The majority of these patients have been delayed for the following reasons: 40% were awaiting place availability in a care home; 36% were waiting to go home; 12% were awaiting a community care assessment

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times

  • During the quarter ending June 2015, over 4,400 children and young people started treatment at CAMH services in Scotland, an increase of 175 (4.1%) compared to quarter end March 2015. Of these, 85.2% were seen within 26 weeks and 76.6% were seen within 18 weeks. Half started their treatment within nine weeks.
  • During the quarter ending June 2015, 10 Boards met the 26 week HEAT target and four did not (NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside). The 18 week HEAT target was met by six Boards and not by eight (NHS Borders, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian, NHS Shetland and NHS Tayside).
  • Across Scotland, 12.7% of patients referred to CAMH services did not attend their first appointment. These patients may still be on the waiting list. NHS Boards may reset the patients waiting times clock to zero or send back to referring clinician, where it is reasonable and clinically appropriate.

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expand menu  Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

  • 12,533 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies in Scotland, an increase of 874 (7.5%) over the previous quarter.
  • Four NHS Boards met the target of treating 90% of patients referred within 18 weeks - these were NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Tayside.
  • Half of the patients started their treatment within 8 weeks, more than 4 out of 5 (82%) being seen within 18 weeks.
  • Improving access to services for older people is a key element of the mental health strategy. Almost 700 people aged 65 and over started treatment for Psychological Therapies in this quarter and over 9 out of 10 (90.2%) were seen within 18 weeks.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Diagnostics

As at 30 June 2015:

  • 60,360 patients in NHSScotland were waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations. This is 6.7% higher than the number of patients waiting at 30 June 2014 and 0.4% higher than as at 31 March 2015.
  • 89.3% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 91.9% at 30 June 2014 and 91.2% at 31 March 2015.
  • The lowest percentage figures were reported by NHS Ayrshire & Arran (75.7%), NHS Grampian (78.8%) and NHS Lothian (80.7%).

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Stage of Treatment

New Outpatients at 30 June 2015

  • 89.7% of patients waiting for an appointment had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 95.8% at 30 June 2014 and 92.2% at 31 March 2015.
  • The lowest percentage figures were reported by NHS Highland (71.1%) and NHS Grampian (76.9%)
  • 3.2% of patients waiting were unavailable to attend an appointment. This compares to 5.1% for patients waiting at 30 June 2014 and 3.0% at 31 March 2015.

Inpatients and Day cases for quarter ending 30 June 2015

  • 94.9% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee. This compares to 97.1% during quarter ending 30 June 2014 and 94.7% during quarter ending 31 March 2015.
  • The lowest percentage figures were reported by NHS Highland (83.7%), NHS Lothian (89.8%) and NHS Tayside (89.8%).
  • 20.8% of patients waiting were recorded as being unavailable for treatment. This compares to 21.3% at 30 June 2014 and 18.6% at 31 March 2015.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment

Update of Waiting Times Statistics to 30 June 2015: Quarterly waiting times statistics for the 18 weeks Referral to Treatment standard

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expand menu  IVF Waiting Times

During the quarter ending June 2015:

  • 343 eligible patients were screened at an IVF centre in Scotland. This compares to 397 in the quarter ending March 2015.
  • All eligible patients (100%) were screened for IVF treatment within the target time period of 365 days (12 months). This is an increase from 96% in the quarter ending March 2015.

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expand menu  Improving ethnic data collection for equality and diversity monitoring

  • For Scotland as a whole there has been a steady improvement in the recording of ethnic group over the last two years. However completeness of recording for inpatient and day case records (SMR01) for the last quarter remained at 82% and for new outpatient appointment records (SMR00) dropped by 1 percentage point to 73%.
  • Increased recording of code ‘98’ –‘Refused/Not provided’ in SMR01 and SMR00 data has been seen in some Boards from 2012 onwards and is shown in lighter shading in the graphs below. This variation is being investigated locally.

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expand menu  Quality Outcome Measure 10: Percentage of last 6 months of life spent at home or in a community setting

  • Of the approximately 50,000 Scottish residents who died in 2013/14, 91% of their last 6 months of life was spent at home or in the community and the remaining 9% of time was spent in an acute hospital. This is similar to the previous year.
  • There is some variation between NHS Boards, with the percentage ranging from 89% to 93%, in part reflecting the provision of community hospitals in different parts of the country.
  • There is little variation in the percentage between those living in the most deprived areas and those living in the least deprived areas (90% compared to 91%).
  • People living in the more rural areas of Scotland spent a greater percentage of their last 6 months of life at home or in the community than those living in large urban areas (94% compared to 90%).

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 16 August 2015:

  • There were 25,425 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 94.2% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 100 (0.4%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 3 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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20 August 2015

expand menu  Suicide Statistics for Scotland

  • There were 696 suicides registered in Scotland in 2014, compared to 795 in 2013. This indicates that the welcome declining trend in suicide rates in recent years appears to be continuing.
  • In 2014, the suicide rate for males was more than two-and-a-half times that for females.
  • In 2010-14, the suicide rate was more than three times higher in the most deprived population compared to the least deprived (24.5 deaths per 100,000 population compared to 7.5).
  • While suicide rates are strongly related to deprivation level, this difference or inequality has decreased between 2001-05 and 2010-14.
  • The suicide rate varies between different areas within Scotland and fluctuates over time.
  • Although Scotland appears to have had a higher suicide rate than the UK overall since the early 1990s, this comparison is influenced by differences in data recording practices between countries.

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18 August 2015

expand menu  Detect Cancer Early Staging Data

  • In Scotland, for the two year period 2013 and 2014, the percentage of people diagnosed with breast, colorectal and lung cancer (combined) at the earliest stage (stage 1) was 24.7%.
  • In Scotland, there was a relative 6.5% increase in the percentage of people diagnosed at stage 1 for breast, colorectal and lung cancer (combined) between the baseline (2010 and 2011 combined) and year 3 (2013 and 2014 combined). This represents a 1.5 percentage point increase from the baseline.
  • In interpreting these trends, it is important to consider the reduction in the proportion of cases for which stage is recorded as ‘not known’. Part of the improvement in the percentage of cases diagnosed at stage 1 is due to this reduction.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 09 August 2015:

  • There were 25,451 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 94.5% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 79 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 7 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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expand menu  Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 15.7% between October-December 2007 and January – March 2015.
  • Seven hospitals have shown a reduction in excess of 20%: Balfour Hospital; Crosshouse Hospital; Monklands District General Hospital; Ninewells Hospital; Stracathro Hospital; Victoria/Queen Margaret Hospital; Wishaw General Hospital
  • Since October-December 2007, there has been a reduction in HSMR in 29 of the 31 hospitals participating in the SPSP.

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expand menu  Cancer Incidence Projections for Scotland 2013-2027

  • The number of new cases of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) is predicted to rise by 33% between 2008-2012 and 2023-2027, mainly as a result of the population growing older.
  • The average number of new cases per year will increase from over 30,500 cases in 2008-2012 to over 40,000 cases in 2023-2027.
  • Lung cancer is predicted to continue to be the most common cancer in 2023-2027.
  • The number of new cases of lung cancer is predicted to increase by 29% for women and 12% for men between 2008-2012 and 2023-2027. It is predicted that more women than men will be diagnosed with lung cancer during 2013-2017. This reflects the historical levels of smoking in the population.

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11 August 2015

expand menu  Audit of Critical Care in Scotland

  • Over the last ten years, mortality figures for admission to Intensive Care Units in Scotland have been reducing. This report shows that patients are now more likely to survive their admission to Intensive Care.

  • Every patient in a Critical Care Unit should be seen each day by an appropriately trained consultant. In 2014, 77% of Intensive Care Units were found to comply with this quality standard, a reduction from the 85% reported in 2013. For High Dependency Units, the figure was 76%, an increase from 66% in 2013.

  • Any deaths in a Critical Care unit should be discussed in an open forum so that the team can learn from any complications or errors. In 2014, 92% of Intensive Care Units and 44% of High Dependency Units reported having such discussions.

  • Night time discharges (8pm to 8am) from a critical care unit are associated with worse outcomes for the patient. These remained at a similar percentage to that reported in 2013, with 13% of patients being discharged at night time.

  • 2.5% of Intensive Care Unit patients developed a Healthcare Associated Infection in 2014. Incidence of Healthcare Associated Infections has remained the same since 2013.

  • There were over 45,000 admissions included in the audit in 2014.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 02 August 2015



  • There were 24,282 attendances at EDs across Scotland.

  • 95.6% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 48 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department

  • 2 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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04 August 2015

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 26 July 2015:



  • There were 23,743 attendances at EDs across Scotland.

  • 95.1% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 56 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department.

  • 1 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & waiting times

During the month ending 30 June 2015:



  • There were 134,757 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.

  • 94.3% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted,transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 579 (0.5%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department

  • 81 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

  • 25% of attendances led to an admission to hospital



The total number of attendances in the last 12 months (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015),and over the same periods in the previous 2 years were:


  • Year ending 30 June 2015: 1,618,474

  • Year ending 30 June 2014: 1,633,276

  • Year ending 30 June 2013: 1,611,876



The percentage seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the last 12 months (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015) and over the same periods in the previous 2 years were:


  • Year ending 30 June 2015: 92.0%

  • Year ending 30 June 2014: 93.8%

  • Year ending 30 June 2013: 93.3%



Due to service reconfiguration, the number of A&E attendances for June 2015 (33,605)
in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are not directly comparable with June 2014
(39,806).

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expand menu  GP Out of Hours Activity

From 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015



  • There were a total of 894,474 patients seen at GP Out of Hours services in Scotland.


  • A patient may have more than one consultation during their contact with the GP Out of Hours Service. There were a total of 997,112 consultations in the year which gives a rate of just over 1.1 consultations for each patient contact. The types of consultation include attendances at Primary Care Emergency Centres/Primary Care Centres (56%), GP Out of Hours Nurse/Doctor advice (21%) and home visits (19%).


  • On average, around 75,000 patients are seen each month. Numbers vary depending on the time of year. More patients are seen during winter months and when there are public holidays. The highest number of patients seen in any month was in January 2015 where 88,414 patients were seen.


  • Patients aged over 75 years accounted for nearly 20% of the patients treated. Nearly half of the patients seen at GP Out of Hours were aged 18 to 65 years (the 18 to 65 age group accounts for 63% of the Scottish population).


  • The percentage of home visits recorded is slightly higher in the more rural NHS Boards, there is however variation between NHS Boards in the type of consultations recorded. It should be noted that how each NHS Board configure their services locally will impact on any comparisons made.


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expand menu  Scottish Bowel Screening Programme Statistics

For the two-year period November 2012 to October 2014:



  • The number of bowel screening participants exceeded one million for the first time.

  • Uptake was 57.6%, an increase of 1.5 percentage points compared with the two-year period November 2011 to October 2013. Uptake for females was 60.3% and for males was 54.7%. The Healthcare Improvement Scotland standard for bowel screening uptake is 60%.

  • Uptake was lower in areas of higher deprivation. Uptake in the most deprived group was 45.4% compared to 66.4% in the least deprived group.

  • Two percent of those returning their screening kit received a positive test result. Of those with a positive test result 6.9% had a bowel cancer.

  • More than half of screen detected cancers (61.7%) were diagnosed at the earliest two stages. The earlier a cancer is detected the greater the chances are of successful treatment.

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28 July 2015

expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

Occupied Bed Days



  • In May 2015, there were 46,890 days where hospital beds were occupied by patients who were judged to be clinically ready for discharge.

  • Occupied bed days have continued to fall during 2015.

  • Over 70% of bed days were due to patients aged 75 and over.



June 2015 census



  • A total of 1,134 patients were delayed at the June 2015 census. These delays comprise of a total of 826 standard delays and 308 complex, or ‘code 9’, delays.

  • At June 2015, there were 415 patients who had experienced a standard delay of more than two weeks

  • Of the 415 patients who had experienced a standard delay of over two weeks, the main reasons for delay were:

  • 41% were awaiting place availability in a care home;

  • 35% were waiting to go home;

  • 13% were awaiting a community care assessment.

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expand menu  NHS Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of scheduled (planned) operations across NHSScotland during the month ending 30 June 2015 was 30,895;


  • Of these, 2,746 (8.9%) operations were cancelled either by the hospital or the patient;


  • 396 (1.3% of operations planned) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 19 July 2015:



  • There were 23,935 attendances at EDs across Scotland.

  • 95.2% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 56 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department.

  • 6 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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21 July 2015

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 12 July 2015:

  • There were 23,552 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 95.4% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 61 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 7 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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14 July 2015

expand menu  Scottish Stroke Care Audit

The SSCA monitors performance against a Stroke Care Bundle. The current bundle consists of the four inpatient standards noted above, i.e. timely Stroke Unit admission, swallow screen, brain imaging and aspirin administration. This Stroke Care Bundle was included in the 2014-15 Health Board Local Delivery Plans and trajectories for improvement were set locally. The proportion of individuals receiving the appropriate bundle increased from 58% in 2013 to 65% in 2014. The wide variation between NHS Boards suggests that there is still large potential for improvements in ‘bundle performance’.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 5 July 2015:

  • There were 25,514 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 94.6% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 114 (0.4%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 9 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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07 July 2015

expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During the month ending 31 May 2015:

  • There were 138,077 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 93.5% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 862 (0.7%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 170 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.
  • 26% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

The total number of attendances in the last 12 months (1 June 2014 to 31 May 2015), and over the same periods in the previous 2 years were:

  • Year ending 31 May 2015: 1,628,582
  • Year ending 31 May 2014: 1,628,339
  • Year ending 31 May 2013: 1,610,824

The percentage seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the last 12 months (1 June 2014 to 31 May 2015), and over the same periods in the previous 2 years were:

  • Year ending 31 May 2015: 92.0%
  • Year ending 31 May 2014: 93.8%
  • Year ending 31 May 2013: 93.4%

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 28 June 2015:

  • There were 24,785 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 94.7% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 81 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 11 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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expand menu  Teenage Pregnancies - Revised (Revised 07 July 2015)

  • Teenage pregnancy rates in all age groups have continued to decline in 2013. The teenage pregnancy rate for under 20’s has dropped from a recent peak of 57.7 per 1,000 population in 2007 to 37.7 per 1,000 population in 2013. A decrease of 34.7%.
  • In mainland NHS Boards, NHS Dumfries & Galloway recorded the lowest rate of teenage pregnancy in the under 18 age group with 18.9 per 1,000 population. NHS Grampian recorded the lowest rate in the under 20 age group with 33.2 per 1,000 population.
  • In mainland NHS Boards, NHS Borders recorded the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the under 16 age group with 5.8 per 1,000 population. NHS Fife recorded the highest rates in both the under 18 and under 20 age groups with rates of 31.6 and 48.4 per 1,000 population respectively.
  • Termination rates for the under 16 age group have remained higher than delivery rates since 2002. For the period reported (1994-2013) termination rates for both the under 18 and under 20 age groups have remained lower than the delivery rates, however, the difference between the rates has narrowed.
  • There is a strong correlation between deprivation and teenage pregnancy. In the under 20 age group, a teenage female living in the most deprived area is 4.8 times as likely to experience a pregnancy as someone living in the least deprived area and nearly 12 times as likely to deliver their baby.

- Revised (Revised 07 July 2015)
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30 June 2015

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 21st June 2015:

  • There were 25,338 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 93.9% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 80 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department.
  • 1 (0.0%) patient spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

Occupied Bed Days

  • In April 2015, there were 47,476 days where a hospital bed was occupied by a patient who was judged to be clinically ready for discharge but who remained in hospital.
  • Of those bed days, almost three quarters were occupied by patients aged 75 and over.

May 2015 census

  • A total of 1,126 patients were delayed at the May 2015 census; this is an increase of 3% compared to the April 2015 census. These delays comprise of a total of 793 standard delays and 333 code 9 delays
  • At May 2015, there were 408 patients who had experienced a standard delay of more than two weeks. This is an increase of 14% from the April 2015 census.
  • Of the 408 patients who had experienced a standard delay of over two weeks, the main reasons for delay were: 166 patients (41%) were awaiting place availability in a care home; 157 patients (38%) were waiting to go home; 38 patients (9%) were awaiting a community care assessment.
  • Of the 333 code 9 delays, 70% were delayed due to the ‘Adults with Incapacity Act’.

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expand menu  Cancer Waiting Times

62-day Standard

  • 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.
  • In the quarter ending 31 March 2015, 91.8% of patients started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer. This compares to 94.2% in the period October to December 2014.
  • In the quarter ending 31 March 2015, the 62-day standard was met for four NHS Boards: NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Orkney.

31-day standard

  • The 31 Day Standard is that 95% of all patients, regardless of route of referral, will wait a maximum of 31 days from decision to treat to first cancer treatment.
  • In the quarter ending 31 March 2015, 96.5% of patients started treatment within 31 days of decision to treat, regardless of the route of referral. This compares to 97.5% in the period October to December 2014.
  • In the quarter ending 31 March 2015, the 31-day standard was met by all NHS Boards.

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expand menu  NHS Smoking Cessation Service Statistics (Scotland) - Revised (Revised 05 August 2015)

Quit attempts

  • There were 73,338 quit attempts made with the help of NHS smoking cessation services in Scotland in 2014p. This is a 31% reduction on 2013, where there were 105,950 quit attempts. However, this figure is likely to be revised upwards when late data submissions are received.
  • An estimated 7% of the adult smoking population made a quit attempt with an NHS smoking cessation service in 2014.
  • More (57%) of the quit attempts were made by women and, for both genders, the highest proportion of quit attempts was in the 45-59 years age group.
  • In 2014, there were 2,876 quit attempts made by pregnant women. This represents a decrease of 73 on the 2013 figure of 2,949, though this may be partly accounted for by incomplete submissions.

p provisional figure

Outcomes

  • One month after quit dates set in 2014, 35% were still not smoking and 17% had started smoking again. Smoking information was not available for the remaining 48%.
  • Three months after quit dates set in 2014, 16% were still not smoking and 20% had started smoking again. Smoking information was not available for the remaining 64%.
  • Twelve months after quit dates set in the previous year (2013), 5% were still not smoking and 24% had started smoking again. Smoking information was not available for the remaining 71%.

Smoking cessation services and treatments

  • In 2014, as in previous years, most supported quit attempts (over 70%) were made through pharmacy services.
  • Specialist smoking cessation services see fewer clients compared to pharmacies but they have amongst the highest percentage quit rates. They also have more complete follow up information compared to other services.
  • Nicotine replacement therapy use is changing. In 2009, 69% of individuals reported just using a single product but by 2014, this had dropped to 35%. Over this time period, the use of more than one product increased from 9% to 47%.

- Revised (Revised 05 August 2015)
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expand menu  NHS Cancelled Planned Procedures - Revised (Revised 14 July 2015)

  • The total number of scheduled (planned) operations across NHSScotland during the month ending 31 May 2015 was 28,769*;
  • Of these, 2,643 (9.2%) of admissions for an operation were cancelled either by the hospital or the by patient;
  • 479 (1.7% of all operations performed) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons.

*This refreshed publication includes the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde information, which due to unforeseen technical difficulties, had been unavailable at the time of the original publication release.

- Revised (Revised 14 July 2015)
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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Dispenser Remuneration

Overall Cost

  • The gross total payments to Scottish dispensing contractors increased by 4.0% (£46.3 million) in 2014/15 compared to 2013/14.

Services Provided

  • The cost for remuneration of services has increased by £1.5 million (0.7%) from £207.0 million in 2013/14 to £208.5 million in 2014/15.

Products Dispensed

  • A total of 101.1 million items were dispensed in 2014/15, an increase of 2.3 million items (2.4%) on 2013/14. The cost per item has also increased this year to £10.04 from £9.89 per item in 2013/14.
  • Both the gross ingredient cost (GIC) and net ingredient cost (NIC) of items increased between 2013/14 and 2014/15. GIC increased by 3.9% from 2013/14 and the NIC increased by 4.8%

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Minor Ailments Service

  • At 31 March 2015, nearly 18% of the population of Scotland were registered for the Minor Ailments Service, a total of 913,483 people.
  • Over 2.1 million items were dispensed under the Minor Ailments Service, accounting for 2.2% of all items dispensed by community pharmacies in Scotland.
  • The cost of items dispensed under the Minor Ailments Service in 2014/15 was £5 million.
  • Paracetamol (in all formulations) was the drug most frequently dispensed through the Minor Ailments Service in 2014/15, accounting for 21.4% of items dispensed. This accounts for 5.4% of the total cost of paracetamol items dispensed by community pharmacies in Scotland for that year.
  • Every community pharmacy in Scotland had patients registered for the Minor Ailments Service at 31 March 2015. The total number of registrations increased by 2.0% between financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

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expand menu  Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds Information

  • There has been a decrease in the rate of Did Not Attends (DNAs) for new outpatient appointments over the last five years (9.8 per 100 appointments in quarter ending March 2015 compared with 10.4 per 100 appointments in quarter ending March 2010).
  • The number of inpatient and day case discharges to acute specialties has increased by around 44,000 (12.5%) since quarter ending March 2010 to around 393,000 in quarter ending March 2015.
  • The number of occupied beds has remained relatively stable and continues to show a seasonal trend.
  • Since the Heat 75+ target was introduced in 2009/10, the rate of emergency bed days per 1,000 patients aged 75 and over in Scotland has reduced by a provisional 11.0% from 5,421 in 2009/10 to 4,826 in 2013/14.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Prescription Cost Analysis

  • The total number of items dispensed in 2014/15 was 101.1 million, an increase of 2.4% compared to 2013/14. The number of items dispensed has been increasing year on year with a total increase of 34.9% over the last ten years.
  • The total net cost of items dispensed in 2014/15 was £1.19 billion; this is an increase of 4.3% compared to 2013/14. The net cost of items dispensed has increased overall by 27.1% over the last ten years.
  • In 2014/15, the drug omeprazole, used for reducing stomach acid, was the most commonly prescribed drug. This has been the most commonly prescribed drug since 2012/13.
  • Inhalers that contain the drug salmeterol with fluticasone propionate, prescribed for respiratory conditions such as asthma, had the highest total gross ingredient cost in 2014/15 at £41.0 million. This has been the highest cost drug since 2011/12.

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expand menu  Alcohol Brief Interventions

  • In 2014/15 there were 99,252 Alcohol Brief Interventions carried out in Scotland. This is 62% more than the 61,081 set out in the Scottish Government HEAT standard for 2014/15. Over seven years, 569,792 interventions have been delivered (45% more than the target/standard).
  • All NHS Boards exceeded their target for delivery in 2014/15. At national level the expectation of delivery of 90% of the target in priority settings (GPs, Accident & Emergency, Antenatal) was also met, but at NHS Board level two NHS Boards (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Western Isles) delivered less than 90% in priority settings. Totalled across all seven years (2008/09 to 2014/15), all NHS Boards exceeded the target.
  • The contribution of ‘wider’ settings (other than the three priority settings) has increased in the last three-year period from around 10,500 in 2012/13 to just under 26,000 in 2014/15, representing 26% of interventions recorded in the latest year. There is large variation between individual NHS Boards in distribution of delivery across settings.

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expand menu  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

  • In January - March 2015, 95.0% of the 11,114 people who started their first drug or alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less (HEAT standard), the same as in the previous quarter.
  • For alcohol treatment, 95.5% of 6,978 people waited 3 weeks or less between January - March 2015, a slight decrease from 95.7% in the previous quarter.
  • For drug treatment, 94.1% of 4,136 people waited 3 weeks or less, a slight increase from 93.7% in the previous quarter.
  • Of the 3,104 people who were still waiting to start drug or alcohol treatment, 192 people, or 6.2%, had waited more than 6 weeks at the end of March 2015, compared to 129 people (5.0%) in the previous quarter.

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expand menu  Scottish Drug Misuse Database (SDMD): Dashboard June 2015

  • This is the first release of Scottish Drug Misuse Database data for 2013/14. It is also the first time that ISD has published problem drug use information in this new interactive format.
  • Data are presented by Alcohol and Drug Partnership of residence and by NHS Board of residence. All of the data are available in an online tool at the Scottish Drug Misuse Database Dashboard.
  • The latest release provides comparisons of the numbers of individuals assessed for specialist drug treatment from 2006/07 to 2013/14.
  • The information is organised around six domains, each of which encompasses a number of relevant indicators including demographics, drug profile, injecting and sharing.
  • This release does not include Scotland-level figures due to issues with data recording in a number of locations. These issues are being addressed and Scotland-level data will be published in November 2015.

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26 June 2015

expand menu  Childhood Immunisation Statistics

This publication provides a quarterly and annual update of immunisation uptake rates for children at 12 months, 24 months, five years and six years of age, by NHS Board and Community Health Partnership for the quarter and year ending 31 March 2015.

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23 June 2015

expand menu  Findings from annual Balance of Care/Continuing Health Care Census

Patients who are receiving NHS Continuing Health Care as a result of a decision made under the terms of the 2008 NHS Continuing Health Care guidance are recorded as Category A patients.

  • At March 2015, 1,545 Category A patients were reported as receiving NHS Continuing Health Care The figures have shown a decrease of 5% (89 patients) from the March 2014 census.
  • At March 2015, 80% of Category A patients were aged 65 years and over.

Patients who do not specifically meet the criteria for NHS Continuing Health Care but who have been in hospital for over one year and for whom no estimated date of discharge has been set are recorded as Category B patients.

  • At March 2015, there were 630 patients who did not meet the criteria for NHS Continuing Health Care but who have been in hospital for over one year and for whom no estimated date of discharge has been set (Category B); this is an increase of 21% (109 patients) from last year.
  • 21% of Category B patients were aged 65 years and over

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expand menu  ScotPHO website quarterly updates

Disability:

  • Long-standing illness, health problem or disability - In 2013, 22% of household members in Scotland had a long-standing illness, health problem or disability. At Local Authority level, the figures vary from 10% in Stirling to 31% in North Lanarkshire.
  • Self-assessed health - In 2013, 7% of adults in Scotland reported their own health as being 'bad' or 'very bad'. At NHS Board level, the figures vary from 4% in Orkney and the Western Isles to 12% in Dumfries and Galloway.

Drugs:

Addiction Prevalence Testing (APT) is conducted across all Scottish prisons annually. During one month of the year, prisoners arriving in custody are tested for the presence of illegal drugs. Similarly, those leaving custody during the month are tested to assess progress towards the ‘reduced or stabilised’ offender outcome.

  • Of the 1,170 tests carried out at prisoner reception in 2014/15, 70% were positive for illegal drugs (including illicit use of prescribed drugs) compared with 77% in 2013/14. The drugs most commonly detected when entering prison in 2014/15 were benzodiazepines (46% of tests) and cannabis (42% of tests). Opiates were found in 26% of tests.
  • Of the 616 tests carried out at prisoner liberation in 2014/15, 29% were positive for illegal drugs (compared with 25% in 2013/14). The drugs most commonly detected when leaving prison in 2014/15 were illicit buprenorphine (13% of tests) and cannabis (8% of tests). Opiates were found in 6% of tests.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 14th June 2015:

  • There were 26,460 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 92.2% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 140 (0.5%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 16 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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expand menu  Colorectal Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

  • There were 3,399 people diagnosed with colorectal (bowel) cancer in NHSScotland from 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014.
  • All NHS Boards in Scotland were within the 5% target for the proportion of patients with bowel cancer who die within 30 days of planned surgery to remove all or part of a tumour.
  • Where this surgery was carried out as an emergency, the mortality rates were generally higher; three NHS Boards did not meet this 15% target.
  • Less than 1% of patients with colorectal cancer died within the 30 days following chemotherapy or radiotherapy across Scotland.
  • No individual NHS Board met all eleven indicators.

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expand menu  Provision of Injecting Equipment in Scotland

  • A total of 299 Injecting Equipment Provision (IEP) outlets in Scotland responded to the 2013/14 survey. Despite efforts by ISD and data providers to ensure data quality, estimated figures were used by some IEP outlets and not all outlets provided responses to all questions. Therefore, analyses show data reported to ISD by participating outlets and caution should be exercised when interpreting trends.
  • Approximately 226,000 attendances were reported across participating IEP outlets in 2013/14, an increase from 213,000 in 2012/13. This increase can largely be attributed to a sharp rise in attendances for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, where a change in IEP practice was implemented in 2013/14.
  • Where gender of the client was reported, 78% of attendances were made by males.
  • A total of 3.8 million needles/syringes were reported to have been distributed by participating outlets in 2013/14. Coupled with increased attendances, this indicates fewer needles/syringes distributed per attendance compared to previous years.
  • In 2013/14, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde reported the highest number of needles/syringes distributed (1.1 million).

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16 June 2015

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 7th June 2015:

  • There were 24,821 attendances at EDs across Scotland.
  • 92.6% of attendances at EDs were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 152 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 20 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.

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expand menu  Dental Statistics - Registration and Participation

Registration

  • 88% (4.7 million) of the Scottish population are registered with an NHS dentist.
  • Children are more likely to be registered than adults (93% compared to 87%).
  • Registration rates have been increasing since 2007 as a result of extensions to the registration period and the introduction of non-time-limited registration in April 2010.
  • As at March 2015, there was no deprivation gap between registration rates for children (90% for children living in both the most and least deprived areas).
  • However, adults living in the most deprived areas were more likely to be registered with an NHS dentist. This may be due to the availability of free NHS dental treatment for adults who receive certain benefits.

Participation

  • 74% (3.5 million) of those registered with an NHS dentist as at March 2015 had seen their dentist within the last two years. This has been in steady decline since 2007.
  • Children are more likely than adults to have seen their dentist within the last two years (86% compared to 71%).
  • Both adults and children living in the least deprived areas are more likely to have seen their dentist within the last two years than those living in the most deprived areas (77% compared to 67% for adults, 91% compared to 82% for children).

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02 June 2015

expand menu  Workforce - Quarterly update of Staff in post, Vacancies and Staff turnover - Revised (Revised 12 June 2015)

  • At 31 March 2015, NHSScotland had a headcount of 160,746 staff, equivalent to 137,603.5 whole time staff (WTE). These are increases of 1.5% and 1.2% respectively since 31 March 2014.
  • Of the overall increase in staff of 1,977.8WTE between March 2014 and March 2015, the biggest increase was seen in nursing and midwifery (1,001.8 WTE)
  • The number of consultants in post saw an annual increase of 4.8% (224.8 WTE) to 4,918.4 WTE at 31 March 2015. This was partly due to more complete recording of data, as boards moved to a new national HR system.
  • The total number of combined nursing and midwifery vacancies increased by 344.0 WTE from March 2014 to 1,981.5 WTE, a rate of 3.2%.
  • At 31 March 2015, 7.7% (407.6 WTE) of consultant posts were vacant, an increase from the rate of 6.5% at March 2014. Of these, 147.7 WTE were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 68.5 WTE on March 2014.
  • The use of agency nursing and midwifery staff increased by 53.4% over the past year. Agency staff provided cover equivalent to 191 whole time staff at a cost of £16m, compared to 124 whole time staff (£9.3m) the year before. Bank nurse usage increased over the same period from 3,933 WTE to 4,256 WTE.

- Revised (Revised 12 June 2015)
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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

  • During the month ending 30 April 2015: There were 134,713 attendances at A&E services across Scotland; 92.8% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours; 839 (0.7%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department; 136 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department; 26% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
  • The total number of attendances in the last 12 months (1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015), and the same period in the previous 2 years were: 2015: 1,637,235; 2014: 1,623,691; 2013: 1,616,918
  • The percentage seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the last 12 months (1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015), and the same period in the previous 2 years were: 2015: 91.9%; 2014: 94.0%; 2013: 93.4%

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expand menu  ScotPHO Health & Wellbeing Profiles, June 2015 Release

This release includes new data for previously available indicators plus several new indicators. An accompanying Overview Report highlights some of the key findings:

  • There is large variation between areas in Scotland. For example, in 2011-13 all-cause mortality amongst 15-44 year olds varied between local authorities from 66 per 100,000 population in East Dunbartonshire to 148 per 100,000 population in Dundee City. Comparing NHS Boards, the lowest mortality rate was seen in NHS Grampian (81 per 100,000 population) and the highest was in Greater Glasgow & Clyde (122 per 100,000 population).
  • Many indicators show a positive trend over time; for example life expectancy in Scotland for both men and women has continued to rise, all-cause mortality rates for young working age adults (aged 15-44) declined, the proportion of the working age population claiming out-of-work benefits has decreased, and fewer children live in poverty. However, the report points out that Scotland still lags behind the rest of the UK and most Western European nations with regard to life expectancy and mortality rates for young working age adults. Also, the proportion of out-of-work benefits claimants remains higher than in England and Wales.

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26 May 2015

expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply

  • In 2009, the Scottish Government committed central funding to expand the CAMHS workforce of NHSScotland. This has resulted in a steady increase in the CAMHS workforce from 764.6 WTE (883 headcount) in 2009 to 980.6 WTE (1136 headcount) as at 31st March 2015.
  • The most significant staff increases have been in Psychology (71% since 2009), and Nursing (27% since 2009).
  • The headcount has remained relatively stable over the past year. At 31 March 2015 there were 1136 clinical staff (980.6 WTE). Nationally, this represents a staffing level of 18.3 WTE clinical workers per 100,000 of the population of Scotland.
  • An additional 61.6 WTE posts throughout NHS Scotland CAMHS were between being advertised and being filled. A further 22.0 WTE posts were approved for recruitment but not yet advertised.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

Occupied Bed Days

  • During the quarter January to March 2015, 151,098 bed days were occupied by delayed discharge patients. This compares with 168,526 during the quarter October to December 2014, a reduction of 10%, and 148,079 during the quarter January to March 2014, which is an increase of 2%.
  • Almost three quarters of total delayed discharge bed days are occupied by patients aged 75 and over.

April 2015 Census

  • At the April 2015 census, 357 patients were delayed over two weeks. Two weeks is the national target for delayed discharge. The target was met by two NHS Boards and twelve Local Authorities. By comparison, at the January 2015 census, 517 patients were delayed and 418 were delayed at the April 2014 census.
  • At the April 2015 census, 200 patients were delayed over four weeks. This compares with 329 at the January 2015 census and 173 at the April 2014 census.
  • The principal reason for delay may change during an individual’s period of delay as arrangements for discharge are put in place. The principal reasons supplied for those who had been delayed for more than two weeks at the April 2015 census (357 patients) were as follows.
    Awaiting place availability in a care home – 151 patients.
    Waiting to go home – 111 patients.
    Awaiting community care assessment – 59 patients.
    Awaiting funding for a care home placement - 10 patients.
    Awaiting healthcare arrangements - 6 patients.
    Other reasons such as disagreements – 20 patients.

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times

  • During the quarter ending March 2015, over 4,200 children and young people started treatment at CAMH services in Scotland.
  • Of these, 85.2% were seen within 26 weeks and 78.9% were seen within 18 weeks. Half started their treatment within nine weeks.
  • During the quarter ending March 2015, 11 Boards met the 26 week HEAT target and three did not, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside. The 18 week HEAT target was met by eight Boards while six did not meet it, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian, NHS Shetland and NHS Tayside.
  • Across Scotland, 10.7% of patients referred to CAMH services did not attend their first appointment.

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expand menu  Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

  • NHS Boards have had to develop new systems to enable reporting on Psychological Therapies waiting times.
  • During the quarter ending March 2015, around 11,660 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies in Scotland. The initial estimates from data at this stage of development indicate that around 83% of people were seen within 18 weeks. Half started their treatment within eight weeks.
  • For this reporting period, four Boards met the 18 week HEAT target and ten did not. The four who met the target were NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Tayside.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Stage of Treatment, May 2015

New Outpatients at 31 March 2015

  • 92.0% of patients waiting for an appointment had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 97.0% at 31 March 2014 and 91.2% at 31 December 2014.
  • The lowest performance was reported by NHS Highland (74.5%) and NHS Grampian (82.2%).
  • 2.8% of patients waiting were recorded as being unavailable to attend an appointment. This compares to 4.3% for patients waiting at 31 March 2014 and 31 December 2014.

Inpatients and Day cases quarter ending 31 March 2015

  • 94.5% of patients were seen within the 12 week TTG. This compares to 97.0% during quarter ending 31 March 2014 and 97.1% during quarter ending 31 December 2014.
  • Of the 4,499 patients who were not treated within 12 weeks during quarter ending 31 March 2015, 33.0% were seen in NHS Lothian, 24.5% in NHS Highland and 14.1% in NHS Grampian.
  • 17.7% of patients waiting were recorded as being unavailable for treatment. This compares to 19.4% at 31 March 2014 and 21.8% at 31 December 2014.

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expand menu  Integrated Resource Framework

  • The split of health and social care expenditure has remained the same over the period 2010/11 – 2013/14. Of the total spent on health and social care, NHS expenditure accounts for approximately 72% and Social Care accounts for 28%.
  • In 2013/14 the total health and social care expenditure was £4.8bn. Of this, 50% (£2.4bn) was spent on individuals aged 65 and over within a hospital setting; of which 60% (£1.45bn) was accounted for by an unplanned admission.
  • In 2013/14, 28.4% (£1.36bn) of all health and social care expenditure on individuals aged 65 and over was within a social care setting; of which 48.5% (£0.66bn) was accommodation-based care eg care homes.
  • The balance of care between Institutional Based Care, such as care within a hospital or care home, to Community Based Care such as community nursing or home care has remained steady between 2010/11 – 2013/14 at approximately 65% Institutional Based Care and 35% Community Care.

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expand menu  IVF Waiting Times

During the quarter ending March 2015:

  • 397 eligible patients were screened at an IVF centre in Scotland.
  • Of these, around 96% of eligible patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days (12 months). This is an increase from 80% in the quarter ending December 2014.

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expand menu  NHS Payments to General Practice, Scotland Figures

  • The information in this publication makes visible the NHS payments for General Practice services in Scotland. This includes payment from the Global Sum, for achievements in the Quality and Outcomes Framework and for delivering Enhanced Services, among others. The figures are taken directly from the General Practice Payment System and do not take into account any accruals or other adjustments.
  • The sum of NHSScotland payments made in 2013-14 was £739.7 million, made to 995 General Practice service providers. An additional £23.7 million was paid to 105 General Practices for Dispensing services.
  • The publication of 2013-14 figures is in line with the agreed 2014-15 General Medical Services (GMS) contract, and is planned to become an annual statistical release.
  • The data supporting this publication is at practice level, with information on payments to the three types of primary care contract in Scotland. The full publication report provides the background and context on the payments to primary care, as well as definitions of the terms and payment types.

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expand menu  Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Services

  • The total number of clinical staff employed in NHSScotland Psychology Services continues to rise, with 1263 staff (1067.4 WTE) including 916 (766.3 WTE) Clinical and Other Applied Psychologists in post as at 31st March 2015.
  • There has been a significant increase over time in the number of Clinical and Other Applied Psychologists employed in NHSScotland from 426 (371.0 WTE) in 2003 to the current level of 916 (766.3 WTE) as at 31st March 2015.
  • This total of 916 (766.3 WTE) equates to 850 (711.3 WTE) Clinical Psychologists plus 66 (55.0 WTE) Other Applied Psychologists. This represents a national staffing level of 14.3 WTE Applied Psychologists per 100,000 of the general population of Scotland.
  • The total of 1263 staff also includes Graduates of the MSc in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (66.1 WTE), Graduates of the MSc in the Applied Psychology of Children and Young People (38.1 WTE), Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (46.2 WTE), Counsellors (25.5 WTE), other therapists (15.4 WTE), and other clinical staff (21.3 WTE).
  • As at 31st March 2015, an additional 49.3 WTE posts throughout NHSScotland Psychology Services were between being advertised and being filled with start dates commencing in April 2015. A further 18.5 WTE posts were approved for recruitment but not yet advertised.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment, May 2015 Release

  • In March 2015, across NHS Scotland (excluding NHS Highland), 88.5% of patients whose 18 Weeks RTT journey could be fully measured, were reported as being seen within 18 weeks. This is a slight decrease when compared to December 2014 (89.2%). NHS Scotland (excluding NHS Highland) figures for January and February 2015 were both 88.1%.
  • In March 2015, eight of the fourteen NHS Boards who submitted valid data were above the 90.0% standard; six NHS Boards were below it, NHS Ayrshire and Arran (78.4%), NHS Grampian (83.7%), NHS Fife (86.3%), NHS Tayside (86.9%), NHS Lothian (88.0%) and NHS Forth Valley (89.8%).
  • In March 2015, a total 111,772 of patient journeys eligible under the 18 weeks RTT standard were identified. The waiting time could be fully measured for 103,839 of these patients (92.9%). It was not possible to calculate the waiting time fully for 7,933 patients due to the complexity of linking individual patient journeys.

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expand menu  Termination Statistics - Revised (Revised 10 June 2015)

  • There were 11,475 terminations in 2014, the lowest reported since 1995. The number of terminations in Scotland peaked in 2008 (13,908) but since then the number of terminations has reduced by 17.5%. This has been the most sustained period of reduction, although small dips for short periods have been observed previously.
  • Termination rates have tended to be higher in women aged 20-24 and 16-19. Since 2008 the rates in both age groups have been falling, particularly in the 16-19 group. In 2014 the rate for the 16-19 age group dipped below the 25-29 age group termination rate. Historically, the lowest termination rates have been in the 40+ age group but in 2014 the lowest rate was in the under 16s.
  • Between 2008 and 2014 the rate of terminations in Scotland dropped from 13.1 per 1,000 women aged 15-44 to 11.0 per 1,000. The overall rate of terminations has been falling since 2008, however the rate of repeat terminations has remained fairly static. The repeat termination rate has fluctuated slightly, from 3.6 per 1,000 in 2008 to 3.5 per 1,000 in 2014, peaking at 3.7 per 1,000 in 2012.
  • Under the published standards for Sexual Health Services, 70% of women seeking termination of pregnancy should undergo the procedure at nine weeks gestation or earlier. In 2014, this was the case for 72.1% women (69.0% in 2013).

- Revised (Revised 10 June 2015)
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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Diagnostics, May 2015 Release

On 31 March 2009, the Scottish Government introduced the waiting time standard that patients waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations would be waiting no longer than six weeks.

As at 31 March 2015:

  • 60,098 patients in NHS Scotland were waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations. This is 10.9% higher than number of patients waiting at 31 March 2014.
  • 91.2% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 95.4% at 31 March 2014 and 90.3% at 31 December 2014.
  • The majority of the 5,314 patients waiting over six weeks in NHS Scotland were waiting to be seen in NHS Grampian (33.3%) and NHS Ayrshire & Arran (21.1%).

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19 May 2015

expand menu  Lung Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

  • There were 4,766 people diagnosed with Lung Cancer in NHSScotland during April 2013 to March 2014, of which 980 were diagnosed in NOSCAN, 2,612 in WoSCAN and 1,174 in SCAN.
  • Overall performance against the 12 Lung cancer QPIs is generally good across all NHS Boards; however no individual NHS Board met all 12 QPI targets. This confirms that the QPIs are aspirational and designed to improve cancer care and performance, which supports the drive for continuous quality improvement and development.
  • The 30 day mortality rate following treatment for lung cancer was generally low across Scotland with the exception of those patients receiving palliative chemotherapy where the mortality rate was almost 14% within 30 days.
  • Participation in clinical trials across the three regions was very low (<3%). It is recognised that participation in clinical trials is fundamental in improving outcomes for patients so this is a challenging area for improvement.

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expand menu  Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 16.1% between October-December 2007 and October-December 2014.
  • The aim of the Scottish Patient Safety Program (SPSP) is to reduce hospital mortality by 20% by December 2015.
  • Seven hospitals have already shown a reduction in excess of 20%: Balfour Hospital, Crosshouse Hospital, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Ninewells Hospital, Southern General Hospital, Victoria/Queen Margaret Hospital, Wishaw General Hospital
  • Since October-December 2007, there has been a reduction in HSMR in 30 of the 31 hospitals participating in the SPSP.

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12 May 2015

expand menu  Mental Health Hospital Inpatient Care: Trends up to 31st March 2014

  • During the financial year 2013/14, around 1 in 370 of the Scottish population was discharged from a psychiatric hospital in Scotland at least once. At 31 March 2014, nearly 3,500 people were resident in psychiatric hospitals.
  • Some measures of mental health inpatient care activity increased between 1983/84 and 1997/98 (see figure below). Between 1997/98 and 2013/14, however, the annual numbers of admissions, discharges, stays and patients all fell by around a third, while hospital residents on 31 March fell by over half. These patterns reflect the shift in recent years in the care of people with mental health problems away from inpatient treatment towards various forms of care in the community.
  • The more deprived an area, the higher its rate of psychiatric inpatient discharges. In 2013/14, the rate in the most deprived fifth of the population was over three times that of the least deprived (649 compared with 197 per 100,000 population respectively).
  • ‘Accessible rural’ and ‘remote rural’ areas had lower discharge rates than more urban areas.
  • Approximately half of all discharges from mental health hospitals were female. In 2013/14, schizophrenia and conditions related to drug and alcohol misuse accounted for a higher proportion of hospital discharges for male patients compared with female patients, whilst females had higher proportions of hospital discharges for mood (affective) disorders and personality disorders compared to males. Dementia accounted for a similar percentage of diagnoses in each gender (around 11%).

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05 May 2015

expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During the month ending 31 March 2015:

  • There were 137,572 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 92.2% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 1058 (0.8%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department
  • 114 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.
  • 27% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

The total number of attendances in the last 12 months (1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015), and the same period in the previous 2 years were:

  • 2015: 1,639,991
  • 2014: 1,621,775
  • 2013: 1,618,724

The percentage seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the last 12 months (1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015), and the same period in the previous 2 years were:

  • 2015: 91.9%
  • 2014: 93.9%
  • 2013: 93.6%

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28 April 2015

expand menu  Cancer Incidence

  • Over the last ten years, age-standardised incidence rates of cancer in Scotland have fallen by 4% in males but increased by 7% in females.
  • For both males and females in Scotland combined, lung cancer is still the most common cancer overall, with 5,124 cases diagnosed in 2013 (17% of all cancers), compared to 4,697 cases (15%) of breast cancer and 3,812 cases of colorectal cancer (12%). The ranks of the three most common cancers are unchanged from 2012.
  • Cancer incidence rates and trends in incidence rates show considerable variation between different types of cancer. For instance, the incidence rate of malignant melanoma of the skin for all people has increased by 30% over the last ten years. In contrast, the incidence rate of cancer of the oesophagus has decreased by 8% over the same period.
  • Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, the actual number of cancers diagnosed in Scotland has increased over the last 10 years from 27,095 cases in 2003 to 31,013 in 2013. This is likely to be largely due to an ageing population.
  • It is estimated that 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 176,000 people in Scotland who have been diagnosed with cancer over the last 20 years and who are still alive. This is approximately 3% of the population of Scotland.

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expand menu  National Drug Related Deaths Database (Scotland) Report 2013

  • The 448 cases analysed in this report are largely a subset of the 526 drug-related deaths already published by National Records Scotland (NRS) in August 2014.
  • As in previous years, three quarters (76%) of those who died were male and half (50%) lived in the most deprived areas of Scotland. The percentage of deaths among individuals aged 35 and over has increased from half of deaths (50%) in 2009 to two-thirds (66%) of deaths in 2013.
  • Over a third (36%) of those who died, were a parent or parental figure. 273 Children lost a parent or parental figure to a drug-related death in 2013.
  • In the six months prior to death, almost three quarters, (72%) of the 2013 cohort had a medical condition recorded. Almost two thirds (63%) of the cohort had a psychiatric condition recorded (higher than in any previous cohort).
  • Over half (53%) had been in contact with a drug treatment service and one quarter (28%) had been admitted to hospital for an acute or psychiatric inpatient stay in the six months before death. Collectively, seven in ten individuals (71%) who died a drug-related death in 2013 had been in contact with a service (drug treatment, hospital, police or prison) which may have identified them as being at risk of drug-related death.
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of those who were known to have used drugs also had a history of intravenous (IV) drug use. Almost one third (31%) were prescribed an Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) drug at the time of death.

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21 April 2015

expand menu  Ophthalmic Workload Statistics

Eye Examinations



  • The total number of eye examinations has increased from 2006/07 to the highest ever recorded figure in 2013/14 (2.04 million).


  • Of these 1.66 million were primary eye examinations and 374,000 were supplementary eye examinations.


  • Increasing trends were seen across Scotland, for primary and supplementary eye examinations and domiciliary visits.


  • Most patients were not referred for any further investigation following their eye examination (1.64 million), illustrating that 80% of all patients in 2013/14 were dealt with in a primary care setting.


  • Between 2006/07 and 2013/14, the recorded numbers of patient clinical conditions (diabetes, glaucoma /hypertension or is over 40 and has a relative who suffers from glaucoma) have continued to increase.


  • Of these 1.66 million were primary eye examinations and 374,000 were supplementary eye examinations.


Vouchers



  • The number of claimants of optical vouchers remained fairly stable, increasing by 1% from 487,000 in year ending March 2013 to 494,000 in year ending March 2014.

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expand menu  Scottish Breast Screening Programme Statistics

NHSBSP performance standards, at 31 March 2014:



  • For the latest three-year period, the uptake rate for Scotland has fallen slightly from 73.5% in 2010-13 to 72.9% in 2011-14. The results for both periods exceed the minimum standard of >70%.

  • The uptake rate for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was 67.8% in 2011-14. All other NHS Boards achieved the attendance standard of >70% of women invited to a screening appointment.

  • Comparing three-year combined performance figures for those women aged 53-70 years with a previous screen within 5 years of attendance, the invasive cancer detection rate has increased from 5.7 per 1,000 women screened in the period 2005-08 to 6.8 in 2011-14.

  • In 2013/14, all but 1 of the 13 NHS Breast Screening Programme minimum performance standards were achieved and all but 2 of the 11 targets were met.


In 2013/14:



  • Over 1,450 cases of screen detected breast cancer were diagnosed in women of all ages.

  • Of these over 80% (1,255 cases) of cancers detected were invasive, of which over half were less than 15mm in size and unlikely to be detected by a physical examination.

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07 April 2015

expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During the month ending 28 February 2015:

  • There were 121,281 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 87.9% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 2754 (2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department.
  • 660 (0.6%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department.
  • 28% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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31 March 2015

expand menu  Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds Information - Revised (Revised 26 June 2015)

  • The number of new outpatient attendances has remained relatively steady over the past five years, at around 370,000 per quarter. The number of return outpatient appointments remained at around 780,000 for most of the time period, but has dipped more recently to a value of around 738,000.
  • The number of inpatient and day case discharges in acute specialties has increased by around 40,000 since quarter ending December 2009 to around 395,000 in quarter ending December 2014.
  • The number of average available staffed beds since December 2011 has remained relatively stable and continued to show a seasonal trend.
  • Since the Heat 75+ target was introduced in 2009/10, the rate of emergency bed days per 1,000 patients aged 75 and over in Scotland has reduced by a provisional 11.2% from 5,421 in 2009/10 to 4,815 in 2013/14.
  • The In Focus Section analysis shows that people living in the most deprived areas are much more likely to not attend outpatient appointments than those living in the least deprived areas. The DNA rate for the most deprived area is 15 per 100 appointments compared to 6 per 100 appointments in the least deprived.

- Revised (Revised 26 June 2015)
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expand menu  Cancer Waiting Times

In the period October - December 2014:

  • Across Scotland, 94.2% of patients started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer. This compares to 93.5% in the period July - September 2014.
  • 97.5% of patients started treatment within 31 days of decision to treat, regardless of the route of referral. This compares to 96.7% in the period July - September 2014.
  • 98.6% of the patients that were urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer from the breast screening programme, 100% from the cervical screening programme, and 87.8% from the colorectal screening programme were seen within 62 days of referral.
  • Across all cancer types, 7 out of 14* NHS Boards (NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside, NHS Western Isles) met the 95% standard for starting treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with a suspicion of cancer. This is one more NHS Board meeting the standard than in the period July – September 2014.
  • All NHS Boards met the 95% standard for starting treatment within 31 days of decision to treat.

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expand menu  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

  • In October-December 2014, 96.0% of the 11,212 people who started their first drug or alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less (HEAT standard), a slight decrease from 96.9% in the previous quarter.
  • 96.5% of the 7,179 people who started alcohol treatment between October-December 2014 waited 3 weeks or less, a slight change from 97.4% in the previous quarter.
  • 95.0% of the 4,033 people who attended an appointment for drug treatment waited 3 weeks or less, a slight decrease from 96.1% in the previous quarter.
  • Of the 2,391 people who were still waiting to start drug or alcohol treatment, 124 people, or 5.2%, had waited more than 6 weeks at the end of December 2014, compared to 74 people (2.5%) in the previous quarter.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Dispenser Remuneration

Overall Cost

  • The gross total payments to Scottish dispensing contractors increased by 3.5% (£30.5 million) from the April to December of 2014/15 compared to the same first nine months of 2013/14.

Services Provided

  • The cost for remuneration of services has decreased by £0.4 million (0.2%) from £155.9 million in the first nine months of 2013/14 to £155.5 million in the same period in 2014/15. This is expected to balance out to negligible over the remainder of the financial year.

Products Dispensed

  • The number of prescription items dispensed in the first nine months of 2014/15 was 76.3 million, an increase of 1.7 million items (2.3%) compared to the same time period in 2013/14. The gross ingredient cost also increased, although at a slightly higher rate (3.4%). Therefore the cost per item has remained fairly stable, increasing slightly from £9.90 per item to £10.01.
  • The net ingredient cost (NIC) paid increased from £708.4 million in the first nine months of 2013/14 to £739.3 million in the first nine months of 2014/15, an increase of £30.9 million (4.4%). The NIC is the cost of drugs and appliances reimbursed after deduction of any dispenser discount.

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27 March 2015

expand menu  Childhood Immunisation Statistics

Calendar year figures:

  • In Scotland, uptake rates by 12 months of age for complete primary courses of immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio & Hib (the five-in-one vaccine), MenC and PCV remained high in 2014, with rates above 97%.
  • In Scotland the target of the national immunisation programme is for 95% of children to complete courses of the following childhood immunisations by 24 months of age: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib (the five-in-one vaccine), MenC and PCV. In 2014, uptake rates of these vaccines remained high at 95% and above. At Scotland level, the 95% target has been met or exceeded since 2002.
  • The national target is for 95% uptake of one dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine by five years of age, with a supplementary measure at 24 months. In 2014, annual uptake of one dose of MMR vaccine by 24 months of age reached 95.6% (the previous figure was 95.4%). Uptake of one dose by five years of age was 97.3% (the previous figure was 97.1%). Uptake rates by five years have remained above the 95% target since 2009.
  • At Scotland level, uptake rates were high across all deprivation categories. Uptake rates for completed courses of primary immunisations by 12 months of age were above 97% in all deprivation categories.

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24 March 2015

expand menu  ScotPHO website quarterly updates

Topics updated: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Deaths, Diabetes, Drugs, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Tobacco use.

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03 March 2015

expand menu  Cancer Survival Statistics

  • Survival from cancer generally increased between the periods of diagnosis 1987-1991 and 2007-2011.
  • For all cancers combined (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), five-year age-standardised relative survival in the period of diagnosis 2007-2011 was estimated as 48% for males and 54% for females.
  • Five-year age-standardised relative survival for males diagnosed in 2007-2011 varied from 3.6% for cancer of the pancreas to 93.4% for testicular cancer. For females, survival varied from 5.5% for cancer of the pancreas to 95.1% for malignant melanoma of the skin.
  • Five-year age-standardised relative survival increased by approximately 19 percentage points in males and by approximately 14 percentage points in females over the period covered by this publication.
  • Large absolute increases in five-year age-standardised relative survival were found in multiple myeloma, colorectal cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney cancer, leukaemias and female breast cancer.
  • The differences between males and females in five-year relative survival were comparatively high for some cancers. For females, survival was higher in malignant melanoma of the skin and cancers of the stomach, oral cavity and thyroid. For males, survival was higher in cancer of the bladder and multiple myeloma.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

  • During the month ending 31 January 2015: There were 129,269 attendances at A&E services across Scotland; 87.1% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours; 3215 (3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department; 703 (0.6%) patients spent more than 12 hours in the department; 29% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
  • The total number of attendances in the last 12 months (1 February to 31 January 2015), and the same period in the previous 2 years were: 2015 - 1,645,639; 2014 - 1,611,887; 2013 - 1,639,159
  • The percentage seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the last 12 months (1 February to 31 January 2015), and the same period in the previous 2 years were; 2015 - 92.3%; 2014 - 93.8%; 2013 - 94.1%
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expand menu  Unintentional Injuries

  • Unintentional injuries accounted for approximately 1 in 8 emergency hospital admissions for children and 1 in 11 for adults in Scotland in 2013/2014.
  • There were 54,673 emergency admissions to hospital in Scotland for unintentional injuries in 2013/2014. This is approximately an increase of 2% on the previous year.
  • There were 1,664 deaths in Scotland in 2013 due to unintentional injury, 13 in children under the age of 15 and 1,651 in adults aged 15 years and over.
  • There were 33,390 emergency admissions to hospital due to falls in Scotland in 2013/14. This represents 61% 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 children and adults in the least deprived areas to have an emergency admission to hospital for an unintentional injury.

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expand menu  Workforce - Quarterly update of Staff in Post, Vacancies and Turnover

  • The total number of NHSScotland staff in post was 137,511.9 whole time equivalent (WTE) and 160,524 headcount at 31 December 2014. This is an increase of 1.8% and 1.5% respectively since 31 December 2013.
  • The largest group in the workforce continues to be nursing and midwifery, which accounted for 42.9% of all staff with 59,003.8 WTE at 31 December 2014.
  • The number of consultants in post (including Directors of Public Health) recorded has seen an annual increase of 6.4% (294.8 WTE) to 4,900.6 WTE at 31 December 2014. This is partly due to more complete recording of data as boards move to a new national HR system.
  • The total number of combined nursing and midwifery vacancies has decreased by 65.3 WTE since the last quarter to 2,088.3 WTE. However, the number of midwifery vacancies has increased by 29.8 WTE to 100.0 WTE.
  • There are 395.6 WTE consultant vacancies, 163.7 WTE have been vacant for more than six months, an increase of 44.9% (50.7 WTE) since September 2014.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • During the quarter October to December 2014, 168,526 bed days were occupied by delayed discharge patients. This compares with 154,588 during the quarter July to September 2014 and 134,978 during the quarter October to December 2013.
  • Almost three quarters of total delayed discharge bed days are occupied by patients aged 75 and over.
  • At the January 2015 census, 329 patients were delayed over four weeks which is the national target. This compares with 321 at the October 2014 census and 254 at the January 2014 census.
  • There were 224 patients delayed for over six weeks at the January census. This compares with 215 at the October 2014 census and 151 at the January 2014 census.
  • At the January 2015 census, 517 patients were delayed over two weeks. This compares with 587 at the October 2014 census and 448 at the January 2014 census.
  • The principal reason for delay may change during an individual’s period of delay as arrangements for discharge are put in place. The principal reasons supplied for those who had been delayed for more than four weeks at the January 2015 census (329 patients) were as follows: Awaiting place availability in a care home – 161 patients; Waiting to go home – 95 patients; Awaiting community care assessment – 26 patients; Awaiting funding for a care home placement - 5 patients; Awaiting healthcare arrangements - 11 patients; Other reasons such as disagreements – 31 patients.
  • There were 336 patients reported as ‘Code 9’ delays where the current maximum delay does not apply. Of these, 61 per cent were due to the ‘Adults with Incapacity Act’.

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24 February 2015

expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply

As at 31st December 2014


  • In 2009, the Scottish Government committed central funding to expand the CAMHS workforce of NHSScotland. This has resulted in a steady increase in the CAMHS workforce from 764.6 WTE (883 headcount) in 2009 to 942.4 WTE (1096 headcount) as at 31st December 2014.

  • The most significant staff increases have been in Psychology (72% since 2009), and Nursing (22% since 2009).

  • The headcount has remained relatively stable over the past year. There are currently 1096 clinical staff (942.4 WTE). Nationally, this represents a staffing level of 17.7 WTE clinical workers per 100,000 of the population of Scotland.

  • An additional 48.8 WTE posts throughout NHS Scotland CAMHS were between being advertised and being filled. A further 11.2 WTE posts were approved for recruitment but not yet advertised.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment

  • In December 2014, across NHS Scotland, 89.2% of patients whose 18 Weeks RTT journey could be fully measured, were reported as being seen within 18 weeks, compared to the amended previous publication (excluding NHS Highland) for September 2014 of 90.1%. The figures for October and November 2014 are 89.8% and 88.4% respectively.

  • In December 2014, 9 of the fourteen NHS Boards who submitted valid data met the 90.0% standard; 5 NHS Boards did not, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian and NHS Lothian, who achieved 82.8%, 86.7%, 89.7%, 84.9% and 86.3% respectively.

  • In December 2014, a total of 100,939 of patient journeys eligible under the 18 weeks RTT standard were identified. The waiting time could be fully measured for 93,616 of these patients (92.7%). It was not possible to calculate the waiting time fully for 7,323 patients due to the complexity of linking individual patient journeys.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Diagnostics

On 31 March 2009, the Scottish Government introduced the waiting time standard that patients waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations would be waiting no longer than six weeks.



As at 31 December 2014:


  • 51,954 patients in NHS Scotland were waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations. This is 10% higher than list size at 31 December 2013.

  • 90.3% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test had been waiting less than six weeks. When comparing to the position at 30 September 2014 and 31 December 2013, this has decreased from 91.0% and 96.2% respectively.

  • The majority of the 5,018 patients waiting over six weeks in NHS Scotland were waiting to be seen in NHS Grampian (28.3%), NHS Fife (21.6%), NHS Ayrshire & Arran (17.6%) and NHS Lothian (13.1%).

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expand menu  Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Services

As at 31st December 2014:


  • The total number of clinical staff employed in NHSScotland Psychology Services continues to rise, with 1253 staff (1057.2 WTE) including 905 (756.8 WTE) Clinical and Other Applied Psychologists in post as at 31st December 2014.

  • There has been a significant increase over time in the number of Clinical and Other Applied Psychologists employed in NHSScotland from 426 (371.0 WTE) in 2003 to the current level of 905 (756.8 WTE) as at 31st December 2014.

  • This total of 905 (756.8 WTE) equates to 844 (705.3 WTE) Clinical Psychologists plus 61 (51.5 WTE) Other Applied Psychologists. This represents a national staffing level of 14.2 WTE Applied Psychologist per 100,000 of the general population of Scotland.

  • The total of 1253 staff also includes Graduates of the MSc in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (64.2 WTE), Graduates of the MSc in the Applied Psychology of Children and Young People (37.1 WTE), Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (47.8 WTE), Counsellors (26.8 WTE), other therapists (17.2 WTE), and other clinical staff (20.1 WTE).

  • As at 31st December 2014, an additional 49.0 WTE posts throughout NHSScotland Psychology Services were between being advertised and being filled with start dates commencing in January 2015. A further 13.5 WTE posts were approved for recruitment but not yet advertised.

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expand menu  Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

  • Waiting times information for Psychological Therapies are developmental. NHS Boards are working with ISD and the Scottish Government to improve the consistency and completeness of the information. The target that at least 90% of people waiting for Psychological Therapies should start treatment within 18 weeks is due for delivery from December 2014.

  • NHS Boards have had to develop new systems to enable reporting on Psychological Therapies waiting times.

  • During the quarter ending December 2014, just over 10,500 people started treatment for psychological therapies in Scotland. The initial estimates from data at this stage of development indicate that around 81% of people were seen within 18 weeks.

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times

  • The Scottish Government set a target for the NHS in Scotland to deliver a maximum wait of 26 weeks from a patient’s referral to treatment for specialist CAMH services from March 2013, reducing to 18 weeks from December 2014. The target should be delivered for at least 90% of patients.


  • During the quarter ending December 2014, over 4,100 children and young people started treatment at CAMH services in Scotland.


  • During the quarter ending December 2014, 86.0% of people were seen within 26 weeks and 78.9% of people were seen within 18 weeks.


  • For this reporting period, 9 Boards met the 26 week HEAT target and 5 did not, namely NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside.

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expand menu  IVF Waiting Times

  • During the quarter ending December 2014, 427 eligible patients were screened at an IVF Centre in Scotland.


  • The initial estimates from data at this early stage of development indicate that during the quarter ending December 2014 around 80% of eligible patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days. This compares to 71% in the quarter ending September 2014.

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expand menu  Resource Allocation Formula (NRAC)

  • The Resource Allocation Formula aims to predict healthcare need for every territorial NHS Board based on statistical characteristics of the population.

  • It covers a range of healthcare programmes: Acute Hospital Care; hospital care for Mental Health & Learning Difficulties, Care of the Elderly and Maternity; Community Care and GP Prescribing.

  • The final shares for 2015/16 may be different from the calculated target shares as the results are used to inform the final allocation, not to determine them.

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expand menu  Improving ethnic data collection for equality and diversity monitoring

  • For Scotland as a whole there has been a steady improvement in the recording of ethnic group over the last two years. Completeness of recording has improved by 5 percentage points to 82% for inpatient and day case records (SMR01) and by 9 percentage points to 74% for new outpatient appointment records (SMR00).


  • Increased recording of code ‘98’ –‘Refused/Not provided’ in SMR01 and SMR00 data has been seen at some Boards over the last eight quarters. This variation is being investigated locally.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Stage of Treatment

Inpatients and Day cases


This publication release for quarter ending 31 December 2014, presents for the second time since the introduction of TTG, Inpatient and Day case statistics sourced directly from patient level data held by NHS Boards. This has allowed statistics to be compiled centrally using nationally consistent definitions and methods and will allow better comparison across the country and more robust data quality assurance.


  • During quarter ending 31 December 2014, 97.1% of Inpatients and Day cases were seen within the 12 week TTG. This has decreased from 97.3% during quarter ending 30 September 2014. Additionally, 9 out of 10 patients were seen within 77 days (11 weeks).

  • Of the 2,342 patients who were not treated within 12 weeks during quarter ending 31 December 2014, 45.9% were seen in NHS Lothian, 19.9% in NHS Grampian and 19.8% in NHS Highland.

  • At 31 December 2014, 96.9% of patients waiting for Inpatient or Day case admission had been waiting 12 weeks or less, this has decreased from 97.6% at 30 September 2014.

  • At 31 December 2014, 20.7% of patients waiting were recorded as being unavailable for treatment. This has increased from 18.8% of patients waiting at 30 September 2014.


New Outpatients


Figures from 01 April 2014 incorporate changes to the calculation of waiting times for New Outpatients. Although not enshrined in law, approval was given to use the same waiting times calculation for new outpatients as applies to Inpatients and Day cases under the TTG. This change will impact on the comparability of New Outpatient waiting times statistics over time.



  • At 31 December 2014, 90.8% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This has decreased from 93.2% at 30 September 2014.

  • Of the 24,530 patients who were waiting over 12 weeks as at 31 December 2014 for a new outpatient appointment, 21.8% were reported by NHS Grampian, 17.2% by NHS Ayrshire & Arran and 16.3% by NHS Highland.

  • During the quarter ending 31 December 2014, 90.0% of new outpatients seen had waited less than 12 weeks. This has decreased from 90.6% during quarter ending 30 September 2014.

  • At 31 December 2014, 3.8% of patients waiting were recorded as being unavailable to attend a new outpatient appointment. This has decreased from 5.0% of patients waiting at 30 September 2014.

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17 February 2015

expand menu  Primary 1 Body Mass Index (BMI) statistics for school year 2013/14

  • In school year 2013/14 a total of 54,573 valid height and weight measurements were recorded for children in Primary 1 in Scotland. This is approximately 92% of children in Primary 1.

Based on epidemiological thresholds used for population monitoring purposes:

  • In 2013/14, 76.4% of children in Primary 1 were classified as healthy weight, a small decrease on the 2012/13 figure of 77.5%.
  • The BMI distribution of children in Primary 1 has remained broadly similar over the period 2004/05 to 2013/14 with between 21% to 23% of children at risk of overweight and obesity combined and around 1-2% at risk of underweight. In 2013/14, 22.6% of children in Primary 1 were at risk of overweight and obesity combined and 1.0% at risk of underweight.
  • The prevalence of healthy weight amongst children in Primary 1 decreases as deprivation increases. In the least deprived areas (SIMD quintile 5), 81.1% of children were classified as healthy weight while in the most deprived areas (SIMD quintile 1) 73.2% were classified as healthy weight.
  • The prevalence of healthy weight is slightly higher amongst girls than boys. In school year 2013/14, 77.2% of girls were classified as healthy weight compared to 75.7% of boys.

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expand menu  Upper GI Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

  • There were 1512 Upper GI cancer patients treated across NHSScotland in 2013, of which 364 were treated in NOSCAN, 725 in WoSCAN and 413 in SCAN.
  • Overall performance against the 11 Upper GI cancer QPIs is generally good across all NHS Boards; however no individual NHS Board met all 11 QPI targets. This suggests that the target levels for the QPIs are challenging and that there are areas for improvement.
  • Overall the postoperative mortality rates following Upper GI cancer resection in Scotland were low at 4% and below the QPI target of 10%.
  • The target of 35% of patients receiving curative treatment was not met by any of the three Networks. It is believed this reflects the advanced stage of disease at diagnosis and other health problems of patients. The best way to achieve this target is through earlier detection of Upper GI cancer.

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expand menu  Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 16.3% between October-December 2007 and July-September 2014.
  • The aim of the Scottish Patient Safety Program (SPSP) is to reduce hospital mortality by 20% by December 2015.
  • Six hospitals have already shown a reduction in excess of 20%.
  • Since October-December 2007, there has been a reduction in HSMR in 30 of the 31 hospitals participating in the SPSP.

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03 February 2015

expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

  • The number of attendances at A&E services across Scotland over the last 3 years were: 2014 – 1,645,200; 2013 – 1,608,789; 2012 – 1,642,816
  • During the quarter ending 31 December 2014, the proportion of attendances at A&E services that were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours were: October – 91.8%; November – 91.8%; December – 89.9%
  • During the quarter ending 31 December 2014, 4028 (1%) patients spent more than 8 hours in the department, and 517 (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in the department.
  • During the quarter ending 31 December 2014, 27% of attendances at A&E led to an admission to hospital.

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27 January 2015

expand menu  Integrated Resource Framework (IRF) NHSScotland and Local Authority Social Care Expenditure, Financial Year ending 31 March 2013

The mapped expenditure across health and social care sectors for the financial year ending 31 March 2013 shows that:

  • 50.5% (£2.33bn) of all expenditure (£4.61bn) on individuals aged 65 years and over was within a hospital setting; of which 61.7% (£1.44bn) was accounted for by an unplanned admission;
  • 75.4% (£5.01bn) of all expenditure on individuals under 65 years was within health; of which 57.9% (£2.90bn) was spent within the hospital setting.
  • 28.0% (£1.29bn) of all expenditure on individuals aged 65 years and over was within a social care setting; of which 50.3% (£0.65bn) was attributed to accommodation-based care; and
  • 7.8% (£0.36bn) of all expenditure on individuals aged 65 years and over was accounted for by GP prescribing.

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expand menu  Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans

  • In 2013, the use of antibacterials in primary care was lower than in 2012. This reduction was observed both in terms of antibiotic items (down 5.4%) and Defined Daily Doses (down 2.5%).
  • In 2013 an increase of 1.6% was observed in the total use of antibacterials in hospitals compared to 2012. This continues the upward trend seen since 2009, however the rate of increase is less than it has been for previous years.
  • A continued increase in the use of carbapenems in Scottish hospitals was observed. However, the increase from 2012 to 2013 was lower than that of previous years. Despite this rise resistance to carbapenems among Gram-negatives remains low, with 0.2% of K. pneumoniae and none of the E. coli isolates being resistant to meropenem.
  • However, the epidemiological status of carbapenemase producers in Scotland recently changed from ‘sporadic’ to ‘regional spread’ following two incidents of local spread reported in 2014. An increase in meropenem resistance was also observed among Scottish E. coli urinary isolates (from 0% in 2012 to 0.03% in 2013)
  • There was continued progress in 2013 toward reduction in the use of broad spectrum antibacterials associated with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in primary care with a 12.7% decrease
  • There was a 4.5% increase in the use of co-amoxiclav in secondary care in 2013 as compared to 2012. This coincided with an increase in resistance to co-amoxiclav among E. coli bacteraemias from 18.4% in 2012 to 28.4% in 2013, above that reported in 2009-2011 (range: 23.4%-25.4%).
  • The use of piperacillin-tazobactam has continued to rise, with a 7.4% increase in 2013 as compared 2012. The high resistance (8.6% in 2013) to piperacillin-tazobactam among E. coli bacteraemias is of concern due to its frequent clinical use.

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expand menu  Dental Statistics - Registration and Participation

  • Almost 9 out of 10 people in Scotland are now registered with an NHS dentist, the highest reported rate (87%; over 4.6 million).
  • Children are more likely to be registered than adults (92% compared with 85%).
  • Registration has been increasing since 2007, as a result of several changes in the time after which registration lapses have been introduced.
  • 74% of those registered with an NHS dentist in September 2014 had seen their dentist within the last two years.
  • Children are more likely than adults to have seen the dentist within the last two years (86% compared with 71%).

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expand menu  Stroke Statistics update

  • Cerebrovascular disease (CVD) develops as a result of problems with the blood vessels supplying the brain. The number of new cases of CVD in Scotland has decreased over the last decade. The incidence rate of CVD in Scotland was 328.9 per 100,000 population in 2004/05 compared to 257.4 per 100,000 in 2013/14, a decrease of 21.8%. Incidence rates for CVD are consistently higher in males than females.
  • The decrease in mortality rates for stroke in men (43.1%) has been greater than for women (39.3%). For the last three years, the stroke mortality rate for women has been slightly higher than that for men.
  • The percentage of people surviving 30 days or more following their first emergency admission to hospital with a stroke has improved slightly over the last 10 years from 80.8% in 2004/05 to 84.9% in 2013/14.
  • Although the number of prescriptions for drugs to treat cardiovascular disease (all diseases of the circulation, including stroke) increased by 16.9% in the last 10 years, the overall costs of prescriptions dispensed for cardiovascular drugs fell in 2013/14 to £102.9 million, a reduction of 7.8% on the previous year. This is the lowest cost for these drugs over the last ten years (since 2004/05). Costs may continue to reduce as medicines become available in less expensive, non-branded (generic) form.

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expand menu  Dental Statistics - Fluoride Varnishings

  • Two NHS Boards (NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Shetland) met the H9 HEAT target of 60% of children aged three years old and those aged four years old receiving two or more FV treatments in 2013/14 for all quintiles of deprivation.
  • There has been an increase in the number of children receiving FV treatment across Scotland, and within each of the NHS Boards.
  • The data shows a clear deprivation gradient within Scotland and in the majority of the NHS Boards, with children in the most deprived quintiles most likely to receive FV.
  • Nationally the total number of 3 year old children receiving two or more FV treatments has increased from 12,192 in 2012/13 to 19,320 in 2013/14.
  • Nationally the total number of 4 year old children receiving two or more FV treatments has increased from 13,068 in 2012/13 to 21,235 in 2013/14.

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expand menu  Heart Disease Statistics Update

  • Coronary heart disease (CHD), which includes heart attacks, is a leading cause of illness and death in Scotland.
  • The number of new cases of CHD (incidence) has decreased over the past decade. The age and sex standardised incidence rate decreased by 30.4% between 2004/05 and 2013/14.
  • There has been a steady downward trend in deaths from CHD in Scotland, UK and Europe over the last 10 years with the mortality rate in Scotland falling by 43.2%.
  • The reduction in death rates for CHD over the decade 2004-2013 has been seen in both the most and least materially deprived communities. The percentage reduction in deaths in the most deprived category (40.7%) over the last 10 years is smaller than that in the least deprived category (46.4%). However, the absolute difference in the death rate between the most and least deprived areas has decreased over the last decade.
  • For those admitted to hospital as an emergency with their first heart attack, the chances of surviving at least 30 days have improved over the last ten years from 85.1% to 91.8%.

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13 January 2015

expand menu  ScotPHO Tobacco Control Profiles

Update to Tobacco control profiles on the ScotPHO website, including some new indicators at National Local Authority and Health Board level. The tool includes spine charts, rank charts and time trends.

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To be published soon

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To be published: 8 September 2015

Scottish Multiple Sclerosis Register   more

NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics   more

To be published: 15 September 2015

NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics   more

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