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Department of Health: Statistical press notice: Vital Signs Monitoring Return - quarterly update ending 31 December 2009

Press Release   •   Feb 17, 2010 10:06 GMT

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

This is the first time these data have been formally published, apart from those relating to Stroke - Transient Ischaemic Attack

The main findings for Q3 2009/10 were:


•         96.1% 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

•         No person under the age of 16 was reported to have spent a night in an adult psychiatric ward, year to date there have been 25 bed nights where this has occurred.

•         For those aged 16 or 17 there were 1,055 bed days in this quarter where the young person spent nights on an adult ward. For the year to date this has amounted to 5,254 bed days.

•         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 43,998 bed days, and 132,339 in 2009-10 to date.

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? 61.8% of PCTs reported a four, 37.5% achieved a three.
•         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? 78.9% of PCTs returned a 4 and 21.1% 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? 85.5% returned a four and 14.5% 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? 53.3% of PCTs returned a 4 and 45.4% returned three.

Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC)

•         on average at any given point in the quarter, 2,242 acute patients aged 18 plus, delayed and occupying a hospital bed who were eligible for discharge and 1,683 were aged 75 or over. There were a further 1,428 non-acute patients whose discharges were also 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 138,244 compared to the 169,148 women who were seen by a maternity healthcare professional at any time within this quarter.
•         This equates to 78.9% of women who gave birth in Q3 2009-10 against those in Q1 2009-10 saw a maternity health professional within the first 13 weeks of their maternity.

Stroke – Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

•         Nationally 58.4% of patients admitted with a stroke spent 90% of their time on a stroke unit.
•         For TIA nationally 51.0% of those patients with a higher risk of stroke presenting in an outpatient setting were treated within 24 hours


Notes to editors

1.      This is the first time the majority of this data has been published.
2.      Stroke – Transient Ischaemic Attack data was published at Q2 2009-10
3.      This data is collected in support of indicators listed within the NHS Operating Framework


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