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Latest analysis on independent hospital treatment of NHS patients available

26 August 2015: Annual report on written complaints also published today

*Regional information is available within both reports

Latest analysis of hospital treatment of NHS patients by non-NHS providers3 is released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Today's report examines Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data from June 2014 to May 2015 inclusive, showing hospital admissions and outpatient attendances for NHS funded patients where care was delivered by a non-NHS provider.

The analysis includes figures over an eight year time series4, with breakdowns by age, gender and clinical commissioning group (CCG) of residence5. It includes overall figures and also focuses on four common elective procedures:

  • hip replacements
  • knee replacements
  • cataract surgery
  • inguinal hernia repair.

Information is also included on Patient Reported Outcome measures (PROMs)6 for hip and knee replacement surgery. These assess the quality of care delivered to NHS patients from the patient's perspective and have been analysed according to whether they were treated in an NHS or non-NHS organisation.

Today's report on non-NHS providers can be viewed at:  

Data on written complaints in the NHS

The annual report, Data on written complaints in the NHS7, is also released by the HSCIC today. It covers complaints made about NHS hospitals and community health services and family health services (GP and dental practices) in 2014-15.

Today's report on written complaints can be viewed 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 260 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. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts in England and from approximately 200 independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The HSCIC liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. Figures refer to recorded admissions and are reliant upon the accurate and complete recording of cause of hospital admission. Submissions from the independent sector in particular have improved significantly in recent years.

3. A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. NHS Trust or CCG). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

4. Figures are included from the 12 month period June 2007 to May 2008, when data quality from independent providers was considered high enough to include. Please see here for further information:

5. The clinical commissioning group (CCG) containing the patient's normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another area for treatment.

6. Please note that due to different data collection methods, the PROMs data are from the period April 2013 - March 2014 not June 2014 to May 2015 as in the rest of the report.

7. The annual NHS written complaints is a count of written complaints made by (or on behalf of) patients, received between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. Data are collected via two forms, the KO41a (NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS)) and KO41b (Family Health Service (GP including Dental) (FHS)). The data relates to the complaints arrangements introduced in April 2009.

8. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.

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