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Publication, Part of

Community Services Statistics for Children, Young People and Adults December 2020

Experimental statistics

Health Visiting Data has been removed from this Publication

We have identified a potential error with a number of the Health Visiting statistics, as a result the Health Visiting data has been removed from this publication whilst the issues are investigated.  NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.

8 April 2021 09:30 AM


Total Referrals

A service referral is a request for a care service to be provided for a person needing care. This could include patient self-referrals for an appointment to see or to be in contact with a care professional. 

Across all submitters of referrals data, there were 1,082,405 referral requests in total during December 2020. Of these, 207,885 referrals were for children and young people, 301,045 referrals were for adults aged 19-64, and 573,470 were for adults aged 65 and over.

Patients with a referral

Across all submitters of referral data in December 2020, there were 778,520 patients with a referral received during the month, of which 185,525 were children and young people, 247,240 were adults aged 19-64, and 345,790 were adults aged 65 and over.

Referral Reason

Referral reason is submitted in 56.8% of records. Where recorded (excluding 'Reason for referral not known' and 'Missing Value / Value Outside Parameters'), the top 3 reasons
for referral are Musculoskeletal Problems, Healthy Child Pathway & Haematology/Phlebotomy.

More detailed information on referral reason, including breakdowns by age band and gender are available in the accompanying data file.

Last edited: 7 April 2021 10:02 am