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Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity, 2021-22

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Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity, 2021-22

Consultation: proposed improvements to the Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity

The data included within the 2022-23 release will remain the same or have minor changes to the publication series (Admitted Patient Care), details about the changes can be found within the consultation.

Please complete our consultation about the changes and share your feedback by 18th August 2023
Consultation for Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity

18 August 2023 17:00 PM

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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 2022. 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.

Supplementary analysis has been produced, by NHS Digital, containing experimental statistics using the Paediatric Critical Care Minimum Data Set (PCCMDS) data, collected by NHS Digital, against activity published in NHS Reference Costs. This analysis seeks to assist users of the data in understanding the data quality of reported paediatric critical care data.

Also included within this release, is supplementary analysis that has been produced in addition to the Retrospective Review of Surgery for Urogynaecological Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence using Tape or Mesh: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Experimental Statistics, April 2008 - March 2017. It contains a count of Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) where a procedure for urogynaecological prolapse or stress urinary incontinence using tape or mesh has been recorded during the April 2021 to March 2022 period. Please Note: A summary of information relating to procedures for the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence is published here for transparency and scrutiny. Follow up is taking place with individual Trusts to confirm that specific treatment is as described for activity occurring since April 2021. This will lead to more accurate information on these procedures that occurred since April 2021 being being available in the future. In collating this information, it has already become clear that some Trusts mis-coded these procedures in Commissioning Data Set return used to produce these statistics. Alongside this the clinical coding guidance has been refined to enable more accurate identification of specific treatments. The data published here has been published for transparency purposes. However, for these reasons small numbers reported on treatments for this condition should be used as a starting point for further investigation rather than a definitive view.

Key Facts

Number of Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs)

In 2021-22 there were 19.6 million FCEs recorded.

This is an increase of 21.4% on 2020-21 but is still below the level of activity in the years immediately preceding the COVID-19 pandemic.


Number of Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs)

In 2021-22 there were 16.0 million FAEs recorded.

This is an increase of 24.7% on 2020-21 but is still below the level of activity in the years immediately preceding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adult Critical Care

There were 246,286 useable critical care records recorded in 2021-22.

This is a increase of 4.7 per cent from 2020-21.

Last edited: 26 October 2023 11:46 am