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NHS Continuing Healthcare Activity Statistics for England, Quarter 4 2016-17

Publication date: 09:30 July 14, 2017

Summary

NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a package of care (outside hospital) arranged and solely funded by the NHS where the individual has been found to have a 'primary health need.'

This publication includes two key measures associated with NHS CHC activity; the number of individuals newly eligible during the quarter, and the number of individuals eligible as at the end of the quarter. Of these measures, a count of a subset of those individuals eligible for Fast Track is included.

This is the last NHS CHC activity publication to be published by NHS Digital. For quarter 1 2017-18 data onwards, these metrics will be included as part of a publication released by NHS England on the statistical area of the NHS England website. The provisional date for publication is in September 2017. For further details of the future releases, please contact NHS England via www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us  


Key Facts

As at 31 March 2017:
 

  • 57,773 individuals were eligible for NHS CHC. This equates to 62.3 individuals per 50,000 population aged 18 and over. Of these, 17,305 individuals were eligible for Fast Track; this equates to 18.7 individuals per 50,000 population aged 18 and over.
  • There has been a 1.6 per cent decrease in the number of individuals eligible for NHS CHC at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016-17 compared with the end of the third quarter of 2016-17, and a 2.7 per cent decrease when compared with the fourth quarter in 2015-16.
  • 27,318 individuals were newly eligible for NHS CHC in quarter 4, equating to 29.5 individuals per 50,000 population aged 18 and over. Of these, 22,593 individuals were newly eligible for Fast Track; this equates to 24.4 individuals per 50,000 population.
  • The number of individuals newly eligible for NHS CHC increased by 6.4 per cent from the third quarter of 2016-17 to the fourth quarter of 2016-17. There has been a 6.4 per cent increase in the number of newly eligible individuals as compared with the fourth quarter of 2015-16.

Coverage

Date Range: 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2017
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Clinical Commissioning Groups

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