NHS England has released the latest A & E figures. The Weekly and Monthly A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions collection collects the total number of attendances in the specified period for all A&E types, including Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres, and of these, the number discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours of arrival.
Also included are the number of Emergency Admissions, and any waits of over four hours for admission following decision to admit.
The latest statistics for child development outcomes have been published by Public Health England (PHE) which collects data submitted by local authorities.
The data is collected from the health visitor reviews completed at 2 to 2 and a half years using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3 (ASQ-3).
The metrics presented are ‘the percentage of children who were at or above the expected level’ in these areas of development:
- communication skills
- gross motor skills
- fine motor skills
- problem solving skills
- personal-social skills
- all five areas of development
The data table and statistical commentary are available
Guidance on using these statistics and other resources can also be found here
The Health Foundation has selected 12 projects to take part in the first round of its Advancing Applied Analytics programme. The programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services. It supports analysts who are working on local innovative projects, to help them demonstrate improvements to analytical capability in health and care services and provide lessons for the wider care system.
Healthwatch has published an analysis of data from hospital trusts examining emergency readmission data from the last five years.
Seventy two hospital trusts responded to the Healthwatch enquiry; their data indicate that emergency readmissions have risen by a fifth since 2012/13:
- Between 2012/13 – 2016/17 the number of emergency readmissions rose by 22.8%. This compares with a 9.3% rise in overall admissions to hospitals during the same period.
- The numbers of emergency readmissions within 24 hours rose even faster with a 29.2% increase
- The number readmitted within 48 hours account for 1 in 5 of the overall total of emergency readmissions (21.6%)
Healthwatch is calling on the NHS to do more to understand why people are returning to hospital after being discharged.
Full story at Healthwatch
Health profile for England. A report combining Public Health England (PHE) data and knowledge on the health of the population in England in 2017.
This report focuses on the question ‘are we living longer, and are the extra years spent in good or bad health?’.
It summarises and interprets current trends in health outcomes in England, in particular:
- life expectancy
- health life expectancy
It explores the impact of risk factors on these health outcomes and considers how England compares with other developed countries. It summarises inequalities in outcomes and the impact of the social determinants of health.
The 7 chapters can be read alone or as a series:
- Life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and years lived in poor health
- Major causes of death and how they have changed
- Trends in morbidity and risk factors
- European comparisons
- Health inequalities
- Social determinants of health
- Emerging health protection issues
Full report available here
Experts are predicting that there will be 1.2 million people in England and Wales living with dementia by 2040 – a rise of 57% from 2016 – due to increased life expectancy.
A study published in The BMJ says that although the number of newly diagnosed cases of dementia is falling, the overall prevalence will increase substantially as people live longer and deaths from other causes, such as heart disease, continue to decline.
The team of researchers based at University College London (UCL) and the University of Liverpool, set out to predict the future burden of dementia with more certainty by developing a mathematical model that takes account of disease trends and death rates alongside the effects of increasing life expectancy. They calculated that there were currently 767,000 people living with dementia in England and Wales and the number would increase to more than 1.2 million by 2040.
Full story at OnMedica
Full reference: Ahmadi-Abhari, S et al. Temporal trend in dementia incidence since 2002 and projections for prevalence in England and Wales to 2040: modelling study BMJ Published 05 July 2017