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New figures released on hospital admissions for eating disorders

23 March, 2016: Latest analysis of hospital admissions for eating disorders is released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today.

23 March 2016

Latest analysis of hospital admissions3 for eating disorders4 is released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today.

The special topic of interest report covers the period February 2015 to January 2016.

Data are presented by:

  • Type of eating disorder
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Deprivation
  • Length of stay
  • Main procedure

Today's analysis is part of the latest monthly provisional Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) publication, covering the period April 2015 to January 2016. Following a review of this publication series, these releases will now include the most up to date information available in the headline figures within the publication.5

The report can be viewed at:

Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator October 2014 - September 2015

The latest quarterly report based on the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) is also published today by HSCIC.

The publication compares the actual number of deaths following time in hospital6 with the expected number of deaths,7 during the reporting period October 2014 to September 2015.8

Today's release includes four new SHMI contextual indicators on the topics of primary diagnosis coding and depth of coding.

Due to increased automation of the indicator generation process, the SHMI publication release dates have been moved forward by a month from this publication onwards. This change reduces the time interval between the end of the reporting period and the publication of the SHMI.

The report 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. 'Admissions' refers to the total number of finished admission episodes including emergency admissions. Please note that these data should not be described as a count of people as the same person may have been admitted or treated on more than one occasion.

4. Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health. Eating disorders include a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially. The most common eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia nervosa - when someone tries to keep their weight as low as possible, for example by starving themselves or exercising excessively
  • Bulimia - when someone tries to control their weight by binge eating and then deliberately being sick or using laxatives (medication to help empty their bowels)
  • Binge eating disorder (BED) - when a person feels compelled to overeat large amounts of food in a short space of time.

Source: NHS Choices

The ICD-10 4-character diagnosis codes used for eating disorders are as follows:


  • F50.0 Anorexia nervosa
  • F50.1 Atypical anorexia nervosa


  • F50.2 Bulimia nervosa
  • F50.3 Atypical bulimia nervosa

Other eating disorders

  • F50.4 Overeating associated with other psychological disturbances
  • F50.5 Vomiting associated with other psychological disturbances
  • F50.8 Other eating disorders
  • F50.9 Eating disorder, unspecified

5. Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) publications are part of an established series to present summary statistics on recent hospital activity in England. Following a review of the publication series, changes have been made to the data included within the publication. The summary statistics will now include the latest month available, and will highlight the known coverage and content issues of the latest month's data.

Changes have also been made to the number of publications per year. This additional publication means that there will now be thirteen monthly HES publications, instead of the current twelve.

The above changes take effect from March 2016. More information is available on our website:

6. The actual number of deaths following time in hospital covers patients admitted to hospitals in England who died either while in hospital or within 30 days of being discharged.

7. The expected number of deaths is estimated using the characteristics of the patients treated; age, sex, method of admission, current and underlying medical condition(s).

8. Interpretation guidance for journalists and press teams writing about the SHMI is available at:

9. 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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