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 1,306,050 referral requests in total during September 2021. Of these, 287,770 referrals were for children and young people, 377,760 referrals were for adults aged 19-64, and 640,480 were for adults aged 65 and over.
Patients with a referral
Across all submitters of referral data in September 2021, there were 982,555 patients with a referral received during the month, of which 257,205 were children and young people, 318,195 were adults aged 19-64, and 407,160 were adults aged 65 and over.
Referral reason is submitted in 60.0% 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 & Wound Care.
More detailed information on referral reason, including breakdowns by age band and gender are available in the accompanying data file.
Last edited: 11 January 2022 8:55 am