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National Statistics
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Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity, 2015-16

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Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Hospital Trusts, Country, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Provider, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2015 to 31 Mar 2016



This is a report on admitted patient care activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS-commissioned activity in the independent sector. This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2016. It contains final data and replaces the provisional data that are released each month.

The data are taken from the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) data warehouse. HES contains records of all admissions, appointments and attendances for patients at NHS hospitals in England. The HES data used in this publication are called 'Finished Consultant Episodes', and each episode relates to a period of care for a patient under a single consultant at a single hospital. Therefore this report counts the number of episodes of care for admitted patients rather than the number of patients. This publication shows the number of episodes during the period, with a number of breakdowns including by patient's age, gender, diagnosis, procedure involved and by provider.

The purpose of this publication is to inform and support strategic and policy-led processes for the benefit of patient care. This document will also be of interest to researchers, journalists and members of the public interested in NHS hospital activity in England.




  • In 2015-16, 19.2 million Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) were recorded, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the previous year and 33.4 per cent from ten years ago.

  • 16.3 million Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) were recorded in 2015-16. This is an increase of 2.3 per cent from the year before and an increase of 28.2 per cent from 2005-06.

  • The average age of patients treated in hospital in 2015-16 was 53 compared to 49 in 2005-06. Over this period FCEs for the under 45 age group, which includes hospital deliveries, has risen by 11 per cent, whereas the number of episodes for patients aged 45 years and over has increased by almost a third, from 8.3 million to 12.4 million.



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