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Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care and Outpatient data April 2020

Official statistics


Published: 25 June 2020 - Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing records of all patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England. It contains details of inpatient care and outpatient appointments. This release no longer contains data from the HES Accident and Emergency data set, as from April 2020 data, all accident and emergency data will be sourced from the Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS).

Hospital episode statistics (HES) statistics are produced and published on a monthly basis. This data is provisional and should therefore be treated as an estimate until the final National Statistics annual publications.

Monthly HES Data for Admitted Patient Care

In the year from May 2019 to April 2020 there were:

• 20.0 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs), 58.2% (11.6 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 7.0 million of which were day cases.

• 16.4 million finished admission episodes (FAEs), of which 6.3 million were emergency admissions.


Monthly HES data for Outpatients

In the year from May 2019 to April 2020 there were:

• 121.0 million outpatient appointments made, with 92.3 million (76.3%) of these attended by the patient.

• 7.3 million outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 6.0% of all appointments.

We are replacing the reports and data files with an interactive dashboard that provides the same information as those previous reports, with the flexibility to introduce further breakdowns of the data in future releases. We will update this dashboard each month and will build the granularity and potential for insight in subsequent releases, so would welcome your feedback in doing this.

We have produced the data in both formats for this release but if you have any comments please get back to us via with the subject "Monthly HES".

Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care and Outpatients Dashboard

This tool is in Microsoft PowerBI which does not fully support all accessibility needs. If you need further assistance, please contact us for help.

The Provisional Data Quality Report for Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) is no longer included within this release. It is now available by using the link in the Related Links Section below.

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 April 2020.

NHS Digital routinely collects data from hospital providers regarding a patient's time at hospital as part of the Commissioning Data Set (CDS). This is then processed and is returned to healthcare providers as the Secondary Uses Service (SUS) data set and is used by the NHS for operational purposes. Most NHS hospital trusts submit data on a monthly basis by deadline following a two-phase reconciliation process to arrive at a final agreed position for each month's activity defined in the NHS Standard Contract for payment purposes. This data is consolidated, validated and cleaned and then used to create the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set which is released on a monthly basis as official statistics.

As a number of trusts now submit data as part of the CDS more frequently such as weekly or even sometimes daily. This subset of more frequently reported management information data reported in SUS provides opportunity for additional insights from that which might be immediately available in HES data. To help unlock the opportunities this SUS data can provide to produce management information the following data quality dashboard output has been published with the intention to:

  • help with working to improve the quality of the data derived from SUS
  • to assist in interpreting meaning and insight from the current SUS APC data
  • help understand which providers have more up to date data

Please be aware the information provided here is not directly comparable to any similar metrics that maybe reported in our other HES data quality outputs. This is available via the "Weekly SUS APC Report" link below.

Last edited: 16 December 2021 10:57 am