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National Statistics
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Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity, 2016-17

National statistics
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Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Hospital Trusts, Country, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Provider, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


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 2017. 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.

Hospital Adult Critical Care (ACC) data are now included within this report, following the discontinuation of the 'Hospital Adult Critical Care Activity publication. The ACC data tables are not a designated National Statistic and they remain separate from the APC data tables. The ACC data used in this publication draws on records submitted by providers as an attachment to the admitted patient care record. These data show the number of adult critical care records during the period, with a number of breakdowns including admission details, discharge details, patient demographics and clinical information.

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 2016-17, 19.7 million Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) were recorded, an increase of 2.5 per cent from the previous year and 33.4 per cent from ten years ago.
  • 16.5 million Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) were recorded in 2016-17. This is an increase of 1.8 per cent from the previous year and an increase of 27.5 per cent from 2006-07.
  • Episodes for the 65-84 age group have seen the greatest volume increase across the last ten year period, rising by over 2 million episodes to 6.3 million FCEs in 2016-17. By contrast, episodes for the 15-44 age group only increased by around 300,000 over the period to 4.7 million in 2016-17.
  • There were 293,170 critical care records used in this analysis in 2016-17, an increase of 8.1 per cent from 2015-16 (271,079 records). 


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