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Department of Health (National): Statistical press notice: Vital Signs Monitoring Return - quarterly update

Press Release   •   Feb 17, 2011 08:52 GMT

Vital Signs monitoring statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

CHD - Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (RACPC)
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Delayed Discharges
Access to Midwifery
Stroke/Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

For the quarter ending 31st December 2010

The main findings for Q3 2010/11 were:


  • 98.1% of patients with diabetes were offered screening for diabetic retinopathy during the previous 12 months

CHD- Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic

  • 99.8% of patients referred to a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic were seen within 2 weeks of referral by a GP

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – Provider

  • One person under the age of 16 was reported to have spent a night in an adult psychiatric ward.
  • For those aged 16 or 17 there were 1,623 bed days in this quarter where the young person spent nights on an adult ward.
  • In total this quarter the number of hospital occupied bed days on CAMHS wards of patients aged under 18, on admission, under the care of a psychiatric specialist was 49,760 bed days,.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – Commissioner

For these PCT based measures are rated on a scale of one through to four using the following scale

1: No protocols or plans are in place

2: Some protocols and plans are in place whilst others are at an early stage of development: most services have yet to be put in place

3: Protocols and plans are in place: some services are in place and being delivered, some are still to be developed

4: Protocols and plans are in place: and a full range of services are in place and being delivered.

  • Has a full range of CAMH services for children and young people with learning disabilities been commissioned for the council area? 77.5% of PCTs reported they had achieved four on this scale, a further 22.5% achieved a three, one PCT submitted a two
  • Do 16 and 17 year olds from the council area who require mental health services have access to services and accommodation appropriate to their age and level of maturity? 93.4% of PCTs returned a four on this scale and a further 6.6% returned a three.
  • Are arrangements in place for the council area to ensure that 24 hour cover is available to meet urgent mental health needs of children and young people and for a specialist mental health assessment to be undertaken within 24 hours or the next working day where indicated? 95.4% returned a four and 4.6% returned a three.
  • Is a full range of early intervention support services delivered in universal settings and through targeted services for children experiencing mental health problems commissioned by the Local Authority and PCT in partnership? 74.8% of PCTs returned a score of four and a further 25.2% returned a score of three. Two PCTs returned a score of two.

Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC)

  • There were, on average at any given point, 2,348 acute patients, aged 18 plus, delayed and occupying a hospital bed who were eligible for discharge. There were also a further 1,341 non-acute patients whose discharges were delayed.

Access to Midwifery

  • The number of women who have seen a midwife or a maternity healthcare professional, for health and social care assessment of needs, risks and choices by 12 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy was 151,440 compared to the 177,666 women who were seen by a maternity healthcare professional at any time within this quarter.
  • This equates to 85.6% of women who gave birth in Q3 2010-11 against those in Q1 2010-11 saw a maternity health professional within the first 12 weeks and 6 days of their maternity.

Stroke – Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

  • Nationally 74.6% of patients admitted with a stroke spent 90% of their time on a stroke unit.
  • For TIA nationally 64.1% of those patients with a higher risk of stroke presenting in an outpatient setting were treated within 24 hours.


Notes to editors

1. This data is collected in support of indicators listed within the NHS Operating Framework


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