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Leeds experts crunch numbers to show 'better data means better lives' for patients across England

20 October 2015: Leeds based experts are crunching numbers to provide vital information which will help improve health and social care for patients across the country.

In support of 'World Statistics Day' on 20 October and its theme of 'Better Data - Better Lives', statisticians and analysts from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) are putting their skills on display - to show how the statistics they produce are vital in informing decisions across the country which affect carers, patients and the public on a day to day basis.

The HSCIC, which has its headquarters in Leeds City Centre, is England's trusted source of statistics about health and social care - publishing more than 260 statistical publications each year and providing a range of specialist data services. The data produced by its statisticians and information analysts allow commissioners, government organisations, charities, NHS managers, clinicians and others involved in providing and running health and social care services to analyse trends and focus attention on areas of need.

On the evening of 20 October, the bottom floor of the HSCIC's Trevelyan Square offices will be opened up to showcase some of the statistics produced in Leeds - to encourage local university graduates and statistical analysts to consider the benefits of a professional career with this national organisation.

Some of the national and regional statistics produced by the HSCIC's staff include:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) in 2013-14:

  • There were almost 15.5 million Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) recorded nationally, with 471,156 in the North Yorkshire and Humber NHS Area Team, 516,576 in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw NHS Area Team and 687,836 in the West Yorkshire NHS Area Team. Admissions were higher amongst females in all three area teams.
  • The most common primary diagnosis for hospital admissions within the Yorkshire region (North, South and West Yorkshire Area Teams) - other than giving birth - was abdominal and pelvic pain with 33,783 FAEs
  • In maternity, there were 646,904 deliveries nationally. 16,540 of these were in the North Yorkshire and Humber NHS Area Team, 17,524 were in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw NHS Area Team and 29,647 were in the West Yorkshire NHS Area Team.

Hip and knee replacements in 2013-142:

  • There were 8,069 hip replacements and 9,240 knee replacements in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.
  • There were 14 per cent3 more knee operations per 100,000 of the population aged 10 or over in the Yorkshire and Humber Region (193.2 per 100,000) than the national average (168.8 per 100,000).

Learning Disabilities Census 2014:

  • 50 per cent of patients receiving care in the North Yorkshire and Humber NHS Area Team were being cared for within 50km of their home address - this figure was 85 per cent for patients receiving care in the West Yorkshire NHS Area Team and 40 per cent for patients receiving care in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw NHS Area Team.
  • 75 per cent of patients within the North Yorkshire and Humber and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw NHS Area Teams had received antipsychotic medication in the 28 days prior to census day 2014, whereas for West Yorkshire NHS Area Team this figure was 85 per cent.

Social care: Community Care Statistics 2014-15:

  • Nationally, there were just under two million (1,845,801) requests for adult social care support for new clients actioned by councils - an average of just over 5,000 new requests actioned per day.
  • Leeds City Council actioned 32,250 requests (an average of 88 per day), of which 22,495 were related to adults aged 65 and over, whilst City of York Council actioned 3,685 requests (an average of 10 per day), of which 2,745 were related to adults aged 65 and over.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset - 1 April to 30 June 2015:

  • Nationally there were 1,036 newly recorded cases FGM reported, with 1,159 total attendances for FGM.
  • Self-reporting was the most common identification method, accounting for 75 per cent of newly recorded cases where the means of FGM identification was known.

Jonathan Hope, from Huddersfield, is a section head within the HSCIC's Statistical Response Unit. He said: "A large part of my role is ensuring the statistics we produce are useful across health and social care. We recently analysed the benefits to the NHS of our data on patients' experiences of hip and knee replacements. We were pleased to find that NHS trusts across the country have found these data useful in managing hip and knee replacement surgery.

"Barnsley Hospital NHS Trust improved its rehabilitation services by introducing various changes, such as appointing an additional physiotherapist and replacing home-based physiotherapy with hospital-based classes. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust were aiming to use the data to contact some patients to establish key issues affecting their health.

"We are continually looking at how the information we produce can be used and improved to lead to good outcomes for patients across England and this is just one example of how we do that."

Kathryn Knight, from Leeds, is an analytical section head at the HSCIC. She said: "I'm proud that my hometown is also home to some of the country's most talented statisticians and analysts.

"We produce a huge variety of statistics at the HSCIC, which can be used across the country in making important decisions about how patients should be cared for, where improvements are required and what services are needed. The vast range of data we get to work with is exciting, and the context of health makes it really interesting. Our Leeds based staff are a vital part of the production of this information and should be very proud of the role they play in forming a national picture of health and social care."

Recruiting talent

As a large national and regional employer, the HSCIC is always looking to add to its pool of talented staff. The following recruitment information events are taking place around World Statistics Day for:

  • Statisticians and information analysts
    When: Tuesday 20 October, from 5pm
    Where: 1 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6AE.
    Please email to book a place.
  • Developers, system engineers and business analysts
    When: Wednesday 21 October, 5:30-8:00pm,
    Where: Leeds Open Data Institute, 3rd Floor Munro House, Duke Street LS9 8AG.
    Please email to book a place.


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. Figures included are from Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data - Patients undergoing elective inpatient surgery for four common elective procedures (hip and knee replacement, varicose vein surgery and groin hernia surgery) funded by the English NHS are asked to complete questionnaires before and after their operations to assess improvement in health as perceived by the patients themselves.

3. All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

4. Information on the reports included within the press release can be found at:

5. For media queries or interview requests please contact media or telephone 0300 30 33 888.

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