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NHS Outcomes Framework Indicators - June 2012 Release

Open data, Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts


The NHS Outcomes Framework indicators form part of the NHS Outcomes Framework, which provides national-level accountability for the outcomes the NHS delivers and drives transparency, quality improvement and outcome measurement throughout the NHS.

Key Facts

Indicators in this publication are:

  • 1.5 Excess under 75 mortality rate in adults with serious mental illness
  • 3b Emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital
  • 2.3.i Unplanned hospitalisation for chronic ambulatory care sensitive conditions (adults)
  • 2.3.ii Unplanned hospitalisation for asthma, diabetes and epilepsy in under 19s
  • 3a Emergency admissions for acute conditions that should not usually require hospital admission
  • 3.2 Emergency admissions for children with lower respiratory tract infections
  • 4b Patient experience of hospital care
  • 4.2 Responsiveness to inpatients' personal needs

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.

A new indicator is published comparing age and sex standardised mortality rate in people with serious mental illness to the general population. The indicator is for people aged 18 to 74 inclusive.

Though previous research has looked at this area, this is the first time such figures have been calculated by linking mortality data to the Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS) - the dataset that contains record-level data about NHS services delivered to over one million people with serious mental health problems.

The figures show around 13 in every 1,000 people aged between 18 and 74 with a serious mental health condition died in the financial year 2009/10, compared to about four in 1,000 of the general population.

Under the measure, people with a 'serious mental illness' are defined as those who have been in contact with specialist secondary mental health services at any time over the previous three years - including out-patients, people in contact with community services and in-patients.

This is the first time mental health data has been linked to deaths data; with further analysis scheduled to be published in November which will provide further information about the disparity in rates.

Issues for consideration when interpreting the indicator and information on trade-offs between output quality components, and other points of note, are described in the indicator quality statement accompanying the data.

The mental health measure is one of two new measures published today as part of the framework, which sets out the national outcomes goals the government has said it will use to monitor the progress of the NHS Commissioning Board. The second new measure looks at emergency readmission rates.

A further six measures have been updated and each of the measures presents new national level data on subjects including; unplanned hospitalisation (four); and patient experience of hospital care (two).


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