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New population methodology for NHS Continuing Healthcare reports

December 16, 2014

Today's NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) activity report, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), shows the latest information on packages of care2 funded by the NHS for people with a primary health need. This is care provided outside a hospital, in settings such as care homes, hospices or a person's own home.3

The methodology in today's report uses GP practice populations based on adults aged 18 or over, the eligible group for NHS CHC.4

The new methodology no longer includes weighting by demographic factors which were previously calculated depending on the needs of patients within each CCG.5
Today's report shows data for the first two quarters of the 2014-15 NHS CHC data set and a revised set of data for the four quarters from 2013-14, to allow for more accurate trend analysis.

The report is published at

Full information on the changes in methodology and examples of how data are affected can be found at


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) packages of care are arranged and funded solely by the NHS. They are tailored to each patient based on their individual health needs and are provided outside of a hospital in settings such as care homes, hospices or a person's own home. Packages of care are provided to individuals aged 18 or over, to meet needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.

3. 'Primary health needs' are set out in the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care, further information is at:

4. GP practice populations for people aged 18 or over are based on counts of patients per practice. The old methodology used GP practice populations of all ages weighted by demographic needs.

5. Weighted demographic needs or factors could include prescribing or mental health needs for patients in a CCG. These were based on a draft version of the NHS England CCG allocations weighting methodology and further information is at:

6. For media enquiries about HSCIC please contact the press office on 0300 30 33 888 or  

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