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NHS Continuing Healthcare, Activity Statistics, England - Q2 2013-14, Experimental statistics

Publication date: 09:30 January 17, 2014


'NHS Continuing Healthcare' is a package of care (outside hospital) arranged and funded solely by the NHS where the individual has been found to have a 'primary health need' as set out in the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care. Such care is provided to an individual aged 18 or over, to meet needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness.

NHS CHC can be provided in range of settings including a care home, hospice or a person's own home.

Key Facts

Data for the second quarter of 2013/14 are the second to be collected under the new NHS structural arrangements. Due to the technical challenges of migrating previously PCT-based systems and data to CCGs, much of the data collected for this quarter represent an estimate of actual activity. These data may be subject to revision in subsequent reports. There were no revisions of quarter 1 data at the time of collecting data for quarter 2.

As at the end of the second quarter of 2013/14

  • 59 thousand patients were eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC).

  • This equates to 52.7 patients per 50 thousand weighted population.

  • The number of patients eligible at the end of the second quarter has increased compared with those eligible at the end of the first quarter. While some of this change may represent a real increase, it is also likely that some of the increase can be attributed to improved data quality.

  • 22 thousand patients were newly eligible for NHS CHC in this quarter, equating to 19.5 patients per 50 thousand weighted population.

In this second quarter under the new NHS arrangements some of the data from CCGs will have been produced as estimates of activity, as local organisations are in the process of transitioning their systems to the new arrangements.


Date Range: 01 July 2013 to 30 September 2013
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups

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