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NHS Outcomes Framework Indicators - February 2021 Release

National statistics, Open data, Experimental statistics, Official statistics
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Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Local Authorities, Regions, Strategic Health Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Government Office Regions, Primary Care Trusts, Care Trusts, NHS Trusts, Hospital and Community Health Services, Primary Care Organisations, Mental Health Trusts
Date Range:
01 Jan 1990 to 30 Sep 2020


The NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF) is a set of indicators developed by the Department of Health and Social Care to monitor the health outcomes of adults and children in England. The framework provides an overview of how the NHS is performing. This report provides information about the indicators updated in this release.

Key Facts

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NHS OF Indicators Consultation

NHS Digital are consulting on a change to the frequency of publication of the NHS OF from quarterly to annual. Give your opinion here:

Online consultation

The February 2021 release provides new data for the following indicators:

  • 1b Life expectancy at 75
  • 1.1 Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular disease
  • 1.2 Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease
  • 1.3 Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
  • 1.4 Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • 2.2 Employment of people with long-term conditions
  • 2.3.i Unplanned hospitalisation for chronic ambulatory care sensitive conditions
  • 2.3.ii Unplanned hospitalisation for asthma, diabetes and epilepsy in under 19s
  • 2.5.i Employment of people with mental illness
  • 3a Emergency admissions for acute conditions that should not usually require hospital admission
  • 3b Emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital
  • 3.2 Emergency admissions for children with lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs)
  • 3.7.ii Tooth extractions due to decay for children admitted as inpatients to hospital, aged 10 years and under
  • 5.1 Deaths from venous thromboembolism (VTE) related events within 90 days post discharge from hospital
  • 5.6 Patient safety incidents reported (formerly indicators 5a, 5b and 5.4)

The following indicators have been signposted to a publication which will cover a new data period:

  • 1.6.ii Five-year survival from all cancers in children (formerly indicator 1.6.iii)
  • 3.6.i Proportion of older people (65 and over) who were still at home 91 days after discharge from hospital into reablement/rehabilitation services
  • 3.6.ii Proportion of older people (65 and over) who were offered rehabilitation following discharge from acute or community hospital

The following indicators have not been updated with new data periods due to availability of data:

  • 2.1 Proportion of people feeling supported to manage their condition
  • 3.5.ii Hip fracture: Proportion of patients recovering to their previous levels of mobility at 120 days
  • 4a.i Patient experience of GP services
  • 4a.iii Patient experience of NHS dental services
  • 4.4.i Access to GP services
  • 4.4.ii Access to NHS dental services

The Excel and CSV data files, indicator specifications and data quality statements for the indicators updated in this publication are available from the zip files in the resources section below. Please note, these data files will not be updated when new data for these indicators are released.

The latest Excel and CSV data files, indicator specifications and data quality statements for all indicators are available from the most recent NHS Outcomes Framework publication. A link is provided in the resources section below.

The government's open data policy is about making data easy to find, easy to use and free to access. The website supports this policy by bringing datasets from government departments and public sector bodies together in one place. You can explore NHS Outcomes Framework indicator data on the website using the link in the resources section below.

Data Sets


Last edited: 17 February 2021 3:08 pm